Hope for positive outcome of Indo-Pak: Farooq

Union Minister and president of National Conference Farooq Abdullah on Thursday expressed the hope that Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks in Islamabad would have a positive outcome.

Srinagar: Union Minister and president
of National Conference Farooq Abdullah on Thursday expressed the
hope that Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks in Islamabad
would have a positive outcome.

"I hope all the issues get resolved through talks", he
told reporters here.
Abdullah said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
will be revoked automatically after the situation in Jammu and
Kashmir improves.

"The situation (in Kashmir) has improved considerably.
There will be no need to revoke the AFSPA as it will
automatically go as the situation improves", Abdullah said.

Expressing satisfaction over the improvement in
situation in the state, Abdullah said "(Union Home Minister P)
Chidambaram traveled to the old city in Srinagar during his
recent visit to Kashmir. It shows the situation has vastly
improved".

He regretted separatists in Kashmir have refused to talk
to the interlocutors appointed by the Centre.

"The interlocutors tried their best to reach out to
them (separatists) but they refused to hold talks. You can
take the horse to a well but you cannot force it to drink the
water", Abdullah said.
However, The National Conference president was in favour
of talks with every section of society. "Talks should be held
with everyone", he added.

PTI

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