Abdullah unhappy over talks between KC and separatists
16 August 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has described as ''tamasha'' and a chess game the talks which began here on Friday between separatists leaders and the newly constituted Kashmir Committee headed by noted jurist Ram Jethmalani. ''I am a spectator watching the tamasha from a distance'', he told a private news channel here, expressing his displeasure over the development. ''It is a chess game, let us watch whose horse will fall and whose king would be checked successfully,'' he said. Apparently referring to Hurriyat leaders and Shabir Ahmad Shah President of J and K Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), he said ''let them jump into the boat and see how it sinks''. This is for the second time within 24 hours that Abdullah criticised the move to hold talks with the Kashmiri separatist leaders. To a query on whether he will contest the coming elections to the state assembly, the Chief Minister said ''why not''. ''If I get a ticket from National Conference (now headed by his son and Minister of State for External Affairs Omar Abdullah) I will contest the elections as I am a part of National Conference'', he said.