Farooq Abdullah wants unilateral Indian ceasefire in J-K, gets flak from govt
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Farooq Abdullah wants unilateral Indian ceasefire in J-K, gets flak from govt

Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Kumar Singh has dismissed National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s suggestion that India declare a unilateral truce to end the recent skirmishes along the LoC in Jammu region.

india Updated: May 14, 2017 21:44 IST
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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s plea to PM Narendra Modi for a unilateral truce in Jammu and Kashmir was rejected out of hand by the state government on Sunday in the light of continuos ceasefire violations by Pakistan.(PTI File Photo)

As India trades fire with Pakistan over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, MP and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare a unilateral truce, but the suggestion was immediately shot down by the state government.

“The situation is very volatile on the borders as continued shelling is going on unabated. The situation was similar during the tenure of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He (Vajpayee) took the initiative, went to Lahore and later called for unilateral ceasefire in wake of the holy month of Ramadan,” Abdullah said on the sidelines of a private function in Jammu.

“I appeal to PM Modi, as Ramadan is round the corner, to go for unilateral ceasefire and it will also show that India does not want war. India wants to resolve the issue by holding bilateral talks. I think the time has come, that both countries - India and Pakistan should take the initiative. We have fought four wars and only suffered destruction and lines (border) stay where they were,” he said.

On Saturday, two civilians were killed and nine were injured in the Nowshera sector along the LoC, as Pakistan fired on civilians areas. Civilians vacated areas in large numbers.

Early Sunday, Pakistan again shelled the Rajouri sector. The entire area along LoC has become volatile following the beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces on May 1.

“The situation in the Kashmir is not a law and order problem. I have told PM Modi that it has become imperative to take urgent and early political initiatives to tackle the ongoing situation in the Valley. A parliamentary delegation visited the state, nothing materialised, also the government has the interlocutor’s report, but no action has been taken,” Abdullah said.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister added, “It is a political issue and the solution does not lie in war. Everyone feels that the issue, which is hanging since Independence, can only be solved through talks.”

He also dismissing the statement of radical militant leader Zakir Musa who stressed that the struggle in Kashmir valley is ‘Islamic’ and not political. Abdullah said, “No struggle is Islamic. Where in the Islam is it mentioned that we have to fight and take innocent lives? How can it be an Islamic struggle, when in our state, people belonging to all shades of religion including Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are living together cordially. Instead Islam tells us that if one kills an innocent person, he/she will go to hell.”

But Abdullah’s suggestion for talks with Pakistan drew immediate fire from the state government.

Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Kumar Singh lashed out at National Conference president.

“When in power, Farooq Abdullah preaches bombing Pakistan, when out of power, he talks about dialogue with Pakistan,” he said while on a visit to a relief camp here,

“How can one hold a dialogue with a country which is targeting our civilians. It is unfortunate that Farooq Abdullah has made such a statement. There can be no dialogue when mortars are being fired…. They seem to be blind to realities. They give such statements just to keep a section of people happy,” Singh said.

First Published: May 14, 2017 20:54 IST