Central, NC Govts responsible for trouble in J&K: JKAC
1 April 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: J&K Awami Conference president Liaqat Ali (Bilal Hyder) has alleged that past Central Governments and National Conference Government in the State were responsible for the trouble in the Jammu and Kashmir State. Addressing a one day convention at Tourist Reception Centre here today, Mr Liaqat alleged that double standards of the Governments at the Centre and their wrong policies on Kashmir are mainly responsible for this problem. But the contribution of the National Conference Government and especially that of Dr Farooq Abdullah is not less than the Centre’s role. Mr Liaqat, a militant turned politician said that it was Dr Abdullah who sent the Kashmiri youth for arms training in Pakistan. The poor and misguided youth followed the advice and invited darker future for them. But he sent his son and daughters for good education to abroad and kept them away from this trouble. These people can never be real sympathisers of of the people of Kashmir. Now with joining hands with NDA, Farooq managed ministerial berth for his son-Umar Abdullah. Coming down heavily on Hurriyat Conference leaders, Mr Liaqat regretted how they claim to be representatives of people of State. Let them face the elections and prove their strength. The Central Government is giving them undue importance. They have no footings in the state and they have only promoted militancy and made huge assets from the foreign fundings on the name of Jehad. Their wards are studying in foreign countries and some are running good business in Saudi Arabia and England. They too, are befooling people of Kashmir. Reacting sharply over autonomy report of the National Conference Government, he said that it is merely a drama of Farooq Abdullah to befool the people of the J&K State. He came into power by rigging while Hurriyat boycotted elections. The real powerful leaders also kept themselves away from the polls. But elections were held despite threat by Pak aided militants. Capt S K Tickoo, general secretary of the Party said that successive Governments both at the Centre and as well as in the State are responsible for creating trouble in J&K. They were the people who created doubts in the minds of the people of this State and caused hatred among the members belonging to different communities. He pointed out that Kashmir issue is the problem between India and Pakistan and it should be resolved by dialogue. Capt Tickoo condemned the recent statement of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani that Kashmir problem was a religious issue. What about the fate of people of other communities in Jammu and Ladakh and even in Kashmir if it was religious- Islamic issue, he maintained. Criticising strongly the Hurriyat and NC leaders he said that they keep on changing their statements but the Awami Conference has the unique stand. It has resolved to finish discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh, restoration of peace and prosperity in J&K and vowed to give accountable, a clean and caring Government if comes into power with the support of the people. Mr Usman Majeed, a former militant turned politician alleged that Pakistan was misguiding Kashmiri youth and was using them for its vested motives. It is responsible for the bloodshed and destruction in the Kashmir and has no sympathy with the Kashmiris. He narrated his tale how he was misguided and sent for arms training in Pakistan and pushed in Jehad. Mr Usman disclosed that after he realised the game plan of Pakistani agents and ISI people, he shifted the gun towards those agents who were causing destruction and bloodshed in J&K. He stated that the Party leadership has vowed to see that no Kashmiri youth would ever tred the same path which they had chosen in 1990. Several leaders including Mr Prahlad Singh, Mr Rattan Abrol, Gulam Nabi (Hony Capt) and others spoke on the occasion.