January 2001 News

Farooq questions usefulness of Hurriyat’s visit to Pakistan

13 January 2001
The Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi

Jammu: JAMMU AND Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has questioned the usefulness of All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) delegation to Pakistan in sorting out problems in Kashmir and said that only direct talks between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Parvez Musharraf would be purposeful for bringing peace in the region. 'Kashmir is part of India and only the Prime Minister can represent us in any dialogue,' Mr Abdullah said at a function held here today. He, however, added that 'no authority, even the Prime Minister, can never afford to think of parting with an inch of Kashmir, 'which was, is and will remain proud part of the nation.' The Chief Minister said Hurriyat lacks mass support and exists only at the strength of militants' guns. Once that support dwindles, the amalgam of various outfits will shatter like pack of cards. 'I fail to understand whom and what they will talk in Pakistan,' he said, adding that they are always in touch with Pakistan through their embassy. Who doesn't know that they are their (Pakistan) creation. While we have taken peace initiative, Islamabad continues to push in infiltrators and perpetrating violence. If the neighbouring country sincerely wants peace, all this must be stopped,' he said. He said Pakistan after failing to 'annex Kashmir in four wars, has switched to proxy war for the past about 12 years'. He said mercenaries are attacking security pickets and targeting nationalist forces. Mr Abdullah pointed out that everyday National Conference workers, village defence committee members and SPOs are killed. They are also after those who have laid their arms after realising the futility of gun'. 'Pakistan is out to eliminate those carrying the tri-colour in Kashmir. 'Even if Farooq is killed, Kashmir will never go to Pakistan,' he declared.


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