Farooq for greater autonomy to PoK too
19 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Greater autonomy to both Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with an easy border between the two will go a long way in solving Kashmir tangle, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said today. Enhanced trade and cultural ties between two parts of Kashmir will also help in resolution of Kashmir problem, Abdullah said at the passing out parade of the fourth batch of constable recruit training centre here. He reiterated his demand to convert the Line of Control (LoC) into an International Border. The Chief Minister asked Pakistan to confer democratic rights on PoK citizens as enjoyed by people on this side of LoC. He said if Pakistan wanted friendship with India it would have to demolish militant training camps on its soil and stop aiding and abetting terrorism in J and K. Earlier talking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister dismissed reports that there was international pressure on the Centre to solve Kashmir issue. ''There is no international pressure on New Delhi. No pressure will work on India,'' he said adding ''talks or no talks, Pakistan is not going to get Kashmir.'' ''Efforts of world leaders have been to avoid a war between India and Pakistan. But for de-escalation of tension, it is necessary that Islamabad hands over terrorists wanted by India.'' The Chief Minister said Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf should translate his words into action. ''Do not think that Musharraf’s speech is going to end terrorism. Unless his words are matched with action, nothing is going to change,'' he said. Abdullah said the battle against terrorism was a long-drawn one and would end only when Pakistan realises that it cannot usurp Kashmir and stops cross-border terrorism. Referring to war clouds hovering over the borders, he said time had come when ''our neighbouring country should understand that cross-border terrorism is not going to pay any dividends.'' The world, he said, had risen against terrorism. Dr Abdullah today said Pakistan cannot take away Kashmir from India. ''Talks or no talks, Pakistan is not going to get Kashmir'', he said. Speaking at a passing out parade of the 4th batch of CRTC at the Police Training School, Manigam today, Dr Abdullah said General Musharraf’s speech was not enough to defuse the present situation unless he translated his words into action. ''Pakistan will stop aiding terrorism only when it dawns upon its leaders that they cannot take away Kashmir from India'', he said. He said he did not think that the tension between India and Pakistan would end overnight just because some world leaders were coming to the sub-continent and persuading the two neighbours to de-escalate the situation. He said he fully realised the hardship the people on the borders because of the war clouds hovering over the sub-continent as thousands of them had to leave their homes, agricultural land and cattle behind to move to safer places. Dr Abdullah called upon the newly passed out cadets to perform their duty with dedication and said they had embarked on a very onerous job of upholding the rule of law. He asked them to be extra vigilant while performing their duty and at no time let themselves be swayed by the considerations of religion or relation. Dr Abdullah presented mementos to 25 diginatories and civil, police and army officials including Minister of Health, Mian Altaf Ahmad and Director General of Police, Mr. A. K. Suri. The Director General of Police also presented a memento to the Chief Minister. Earlier, Mr. Suri asked the newly passed out cadets to serve the people and said the role of police has changed since the termination of the British Raj. He said in a democratic set up the police force was meant to serve the people and not rule over them. He said the upholding the rule of law and imbibing a sense of security among the people was the prime function of the police force which has to be performed as a friend of the common man. He said the service to the people has to be without any consideration of religion or region. Mr. Suri called upon the passed out constables to have the highest regard of their uniform and discharge their duty with dedication and honesty. He asked them to uphold human rights. He recalled the services of the 600 policemen who gave their lives while performing their duties during the last decade of militancy. On this occasion, the Principal, Police Training School said that 3131 recruits have passed out from the school so far besides organising pre-promotion and intermediate courses for 1100 police personnel. About the latest passed out batch, he said 701 recruits were imparted training in indoor and outdoor disciplines during the 9 month course including a sizeable number from border areas of Karnah, Kargil, Machhil and Rajouri. Present on the occasion were the Minister for Health, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister of State for Home, Mr. Khalid Najib Suharwardhy, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Mr. K Rajendera, senior police, army and civil officers and respectable citizens.