PC for dialogue on J-K, Farooq embarasses Centre
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday voiced confidence that the Centre would find solution to all the problems of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue with every section of society but his colleague Farooq Abdullah slammed those "sitting in Delhi" for not having any clear perspective on these talks.india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 22:13 IST
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday voiced confidence that the Centre would find solution to all the problems of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue with every section of society but his colleague Farooq Abdullah slammed those "sitting in Delhi" for not having any clear perspective on these talks.
Chidambaram's assessment and the combative remarks by Abdullah which put the Centre in an embarassing situation came ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to J&K later this month.
Addressing a rally at the Congress headquarters in Srinagar, Chidambaram said, "I want to assure you that the Prime Minister is open to dialogue...we mean what we say...with every section. We will absorb all suggestions and try to come to widely acceptable solutions to all underlying problems within a short period of time."
Abdullah in his address at a conference on social and infrastructure development of militancy-hit state said talks with Pakistan or Kashmiris could bear fruits only if there was a clear perspective and thinking on behalf of those sitting in New Delhi.
Referring to Round Table Conferences organised earlier in 2005 and 2007, the Union minister said, "the recommendations of some of the committees formed after the talks are gathering dust on the shelves of government department."
"They believe in dialogue. They don't know what the hell their dialogue is," the former CM added. He cautioned that the Centre would "lose its face in the state, if it begins talks with all shades of opinion" without any proper planning.
His son and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah favoured early engagement of people of all shades of opinion, including separatists, for addressing the internal aspect of Kashmir issue.