India, Pakistan will have to talk about resolving Kashmir: Dr Farooq


New Delhi, Dec 1: Expressing his disagreement over Narendra Modi government’s Pakistan policy, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah Friday said that the two countries would have to talk to resolve the 70-year-old dispute. He was speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak’’
While underlining the four wars India and Pakistan have fought Farooq Abdullah said that ‘India and Pakistan cannot snatch the other side of Kashmir. There needs to be a practical solution to the problem. It can come through dialogue only”
Mentioning South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Abdullah stated that ‘It was formed to achieve greater regional integration in South Asia like that in European Union.’
‘I had asked Mrs. Gandhi who said that I want all these nations to progress on the lines of Europe’ Abdullah said, ‘India and Pakistan will have to talk with each other. I want to see people visiting Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar’ he added.
Referring to the peace established after the Kargil war after USA’s intervention Abdullah stressed the need to establish peace along the LOC today.
While speaking in Agenda Aaj Tak Abulllah disapproved Vajpayee Government’s decision to release militants to spare the lives of 200 passengers in 1999 IC-814 plane hijacking. He also expressed his displeasure over the release of militants to secure release of Rubiya Saeed (Mufti Saeed’s daughter) before that.
‘These were big blunders’ he said ‘If you could not sacrifice the lives of 200 passengers for the sake of the country, then you are doing a great harm’ he said adding that he had registered his protests at the highest level PM Vajpayee’s Proposal
On Kashmir dispute, Abdullah said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had proposed a formula for final settlement and that PM Vajpayee consulted him before he went to Lahore in 1999.
“When Vajpayee went to Lahore, he proposed to Pakistan that they can keep Pakistan-administered Kashmir and India would keep this side of Line of Control. But, that proposal could not be implemented,” Abdullah said.
He added that, ‘Before going to Lahore Vajpayee spoke to me for my advice. I did not go to Pakistan because I am red herring for them. Pakistan will skin me if they get me.’