Dr Farooq expresses concern over security situation


Kathua, Nov 26: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday expressed grave concern over worsening security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the claims of peace are falling flat on the face of step up in killings.
“Yet another Jawan has been abducted and killed”, Dr Farooq Abdullah said while talking to reporters at the side-lines of a social function here this afternoon as per the statement issued to KNS.
Flanked by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, the National Conference President attributed the grim security scenario to infiltration of militants from across the border and said the Centre will have to frame up its response vis a vis Pakistan for larger interest of peace in the region. “All the problems are originating from across the border and the life of border dwellers is pitiable due to intermittent shelling”, he said, adding that the nation should be taken into confidence as to how the Centre is sorting out issues with the neighbouring country.
To a question about his statement over Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Dr Abdullah reiterated this was the only realistic solution to herald a new era of peace and trust in the region. He said conversion of Line of Control into line of peace will improve the conditions of people on both the sides and promote people to people exchange that will generate a lot of goodwill.
On the appointment of Special Representative, he quipped as to what had happened to the reports formulated by the earlier interlocutors including the present Governor of the State. He said meetings of interlocutor with people are just a formality and the peace will emerge only when sincere and serious efforts are made. He recalled the endeavours having been made in this regard, including during the tenure of President Parvez Musharraff, who had come up with four-point formula. He said there were talks about out of box solution to the problems and added that if any forward movement had taken place in this regard, the scenario would have been quite different now.
He said the border skirmishes and violence in the state has pushed the people backwards. The border dwellers were suffering adversely due to fear psychosis and uncertainty, he maintained.