J&K can never be part of Pakistan: Farooq7 February 2010
The Daily Excelsior
R S PURA: Rubbishing the statements made during Separatists’ Conference, attended by top brass of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), at Muzaffarabad on Kashmir issue, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and former Chief Minister of the State, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said that Jammu and Kashmir can never be part of Pakistan and no force on earth can disintegrate it from India. 'It is very unfortunate that such statements are being made by some elements from across the borders. Such statements will not any way help in breaking the ice between India and Pakistan', Dr Abdullah said in an informal chat with the media-persons on the sidelines of a public rally here this afternoon. Making it clear that Jammu and Kashmir can never become part of Pakistan and no force on earth can disintegrate the State from India, he said, 'we are not wearing bangles and can effectively defeat the nefarious designs of forces hell bent to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir', adding 'how can they succeed in their designs now when they could not during the past over 60 years'. It is pertinent to mention here that during Separatists’ Conference, which was also attended by top brass of Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen like Syed Salahudin, it was stated that ‘Jehad’ will continue till Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan. Dr Abdullah said, 'if Pakistan wants to have coordial relations with India and grow with us, noose should be tightened around elements fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir and making unfortunate statements like that made at Muzaffarabad'. To a question about outcome of Foreign Secretary level talks in the back-drop of such statements and continuous attempts from across the border to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Minister said, 'it would be wrong to pre-judge the outcome. The Foreign Secretary level talks would pave the way for the talks to continue at the level of Foreign Ministers and then Prime Ministers of both the countries', adding 'the success of any talks, however, would largely depend on the Pakistan’s intentions to have friendly relations with India'. About the controversy over Padam Shree award to Ghulam Ahmed Mir alias Momma Kana, Dr Abdullah said, 'it is very unfortunate that some people unnecessarily targeted me, Wajahat Habibullah and BJP leader from Delhi over recommendation of Mir', adding 'the final decision about the award is taken by a committee of Union Home Ministry after going through the details available with it'. 'Let us leave Mahatma Gandhi and Sher-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. They did their work. I am not going to approach Government of India for Bharat Ratna or any other award to Sheikh Abdullah', Dr Farooq said when asked why Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was not given award despite making enough contributions in the State. Earlier, addressing the rally, the Union Minister, who is also the president of National Conference, regretted that despite itself facing grave internal situation, Pakistan continued to make attempts to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, adding 'instead of setting its own house in order, our neighbour is maintaining hostility towards us'. Stating that Pakistan will never progress till the crushing of militancy with iron hands, Dr Abdullah said, 'our neighbour must realise that prevailing grave internal situation in that country is the outcome of its own creation', adding 'it is very unfortunate that at a time when whole world is determined to fight terrorism, our neighbour is still busy in fomenting trouble in other countries'. Asking Pakistan to understand that friends can be choosen not neighbours, the former Chief Minister of the State said that New Delhi only wants coordial relations with Pakistan and nothing else and only neighbouring country would get benefitted by having friendly ties with India. About the death of innocent youth in Kashmir valley which triggered protests and subsequent restrictions by the administration, Dr Abdullah said, 'boy killed in Nishat area was totally innocent. The State as well as Central Government will have to punish the person responsible for the incident and punishment should be very severe', adding 'though this step will not bring back the youth but will put balm on the wounds of family and people of the Kashmir valley'. Stating that such incidents give an opportunity to the neighbouring country to create trouble in the State, he said, 'the State Government must have to take steps to prevent such incidents which also become tool in the hands of parties having vested interests, to spread hatred and divide the people', adding 'I also appeal the people of Valley to stay away from such forces for peace in the State. They (people) must realise that stone throwing is not going to change the scenario'. 'Omar-led Government is receiving huge financial assistance from the Centre and the same would be used for the developmental works only when there is peace and people should realise this and not fall prey at the hands of parties spreading hatred only for the sake of power', the Union Minister said. On the occasion, Dr Abdullah started party’s membership drive from the R S Pura town, as was first initiated by his father Sher-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Industries, Surjit Singh Slathia, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Minister of State for R&B, Javid Mir, Vice-Chairman Kissan Welfare Board, Rashpal Singh, MLC T S Wazir, provincial president of NC, Rattan Lal Gupta, senior leaders Ramesh Mottal and T S Tony were among others attended the rally. Earlier, Dr Abdullah was given rousing reception outside Jammu Airport, on his arrival to summer capital of the State, by District National Conference Jammu Urban president Rajesh Bakshi and Youth National Conference District Jammu Urban, Surinder Singh Jamwal and other leaders of the party. Even enroute R S Pura, various leaders of the party accorded welcome to Dr Abdullah.