Abdullah asks Mirwaiz to walk the talk, start parleys with Govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 21:14

Jammu: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah
on Wednesday said he agreed with Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq that dialogue was the only way to resolve the Kashmir
issue and urged the separatist leader to come forward for
talks with the Centre.

"I agree with him (Mirwaiz). We want to find a
solution and the solution can be found by dialogue not by any
other method. Any other method can further create trouble in
Kashmir," the president of the ruling National Conference in
Jammu and Kashmir told a press conference here.

"Therefore dialogue is the way out. I would request
the Mirwaiz to start a dialogue with the Centre itself,"
Abdullah said.

"It is only by talking we will be able to find out a
way. When they can meet MPs, why can`t they talk to the
Centre," the Union Minster for New and Renewable Energy said.

Abdullah, who is the father of J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said, "I hope sense dawns on the two nations -India
and Pakistan-- that dialogue has to be carried out. We have to find out a solution. We want to live in peace.

Reacting to a statement by the Mirwaiz that the United
Nations was a "failed body", Abdullah said, "I agree with him
(Mirwaiz). UN has even failed in Palestine. Because resolution was not implemented. To say it has failed, Yes it has.

"It (UN) has failed in many subjects", he said, adding
that "I also agree with him (Mirwaiz) that a solution has be
be found by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, and
people on the other side of fence with Pakistan."

Addressing a seminar yesterday, the Mirwaiz had said,
"We cannot expect much from a body which has failed to
implement its own resolutions (on Kashmir)." He suggested a
time-bound dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of
J&K under international monitoring for resolving the issue.

Abdullah said that "it is high time that we should
live like friends and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has tried
his best.
"But unfortunately we have as much politics in our
country as the other country. This pains us. We have all
through seen killings and death for many decades," he said.

"Why can`t I go and have tea in Sialkote across the
border and they in Jammu.... It pains us... when will trouble
end for our future generations," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 21:14

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