February 2001 News

Foreign militants have no role to play in J&K

11 February 2001
The Pioneer

Hajan (North Kashmir): Mohammad Yousuf Parray, leading counter insurgent and chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Awami League shared a platform with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and asked the foreign militants operating in the State to leave the country. "Foreign militants have no role to play in Kashmir as people in the State are capable of solving their problems without outside help", Parray said, at the meeting. He informed Dr Abdullah that his party was behind him in his fight against the forces who wanted to break the State. He also assured the Chief Minister of his support to defeat evil designs of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence who wanted to destroy Kashmir. 'separatist leaders including the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Jamat-e-Islami, and Shabir Ahmad Shah are double agents, he alleged. "People of the State joined the Indian Union because it is secular and democratic," he said, adding "We should be prepared to make any sacrifice for the country's unity and integrity." Parray alleged that there were some forces within the country who wanted to divide Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines but he said, these forces would be exposed and their attempts frustrated. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah warned that any move to divide Jammu and Kashmir will prove disastrous for India. The country, which has so far withstood all challenges, would disintegrate if any attempt was made to divide the State on communal lines, Dr Abdullah said. In his 30-minute address in Kashmiri, Dr Abdullah said that those who talk of trifurcation were only executing the Dixon Plan aimed at the division of the State on communal lines. He said that successive Governments at the Centre were never sincere towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have seen only pain and agony for the past 50 years. The Chief Minister said that even after 50 years of Independence, the people of the State were craving for clean drinking water, concrete roads and adequate electricity. Unemployment has increased over the years, he added. Dr Abdullah reiterated that the people of J&K had joined the Indian Union and the State would remain part of India forever. The Hurriyat Conference would soon be setting up four new offices abroad as part of its programme to create awareness about the Kashmir issue, former chairman of the conglomerate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in New Delhi on Sunday. "The four offices will be set up in Brussels, New York, London and Saudi Arabia as part of our efforts to mobilise global opinion about Kashmir issue," Farooq, who was in the capital, said. These places had been chosen for setting up offices because Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union, New York houses the United Nations and Saudi Arabia was the richest Muslim country, which has considerable influence on Pakistan, he elaborated.


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