Farooq Downplays China Role In K Solution

22 November 2009
Rising Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Asserting that the solution to the vexed Kashmir issue won’t come from China, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah Sunday said those talking about bringing stars from the sky were living in a ‘fool’s paradise’ as the K-solution can only be achieved by taking India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir on board. “They think that they can move heavens by thundering from the pulpits of Masjids. Those, who claim about bringing the stars from the sky, are badly mistaken. Nothing can be achieved by such claims and announcements,” Farooq said in an obvious reference to Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s recent statement that China is also a stake holder in Kashmir issue. Farooq was speaking at a function organised by Khalsa Democratic Front at SKICC, here on Sunday. Asking people not to believe in such statements, he said, “I can give in writing that nothing can be achieved by such announcements. The solution won’t come from China”. Without commenting further on Chinese role, NC president said, “Majority of population in India, Pakistan and people of all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir have to be taken on board. Only then can we achieve the solution of Kashmir issue. The solution should be acceptable to the vast majority.” Stating that Sikhs and Kashmiri Pandits should also be taken on board while finding out a solution, he said, “The two communities should select their representatives, who can speak and defend their point of view”. While replying to a query by a media person at the end of the function about the dialogue process initiated by New Delhi, Farooq said, “The pace of dialogue process is slow”.