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On India-Pak Dialogue Over Kashmir Issue, Farooq Abdullah Has A 'Gaza' Warning | Know What He Said

National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah also slammed the BJP's claims of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir since its special status was revoked in 2019.

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National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah.(File photo)
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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday cautioned that the country (India) will meet the “same fate as Gaza and Palestine, which are being bombed by Israel” if dialogue is not held with neighboring country—Pakistan.

MP Farooq Abdullah said: “If we remain friendly with our neighbours, both will progress.”

“Atal Bihari Vajpayee (former PM) had said we can change our friends but not our neighbours. If we remain friendly with our neighbours, both will progress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said war is not an option now and the matters should be resolved through dialogue,” news agency ANI quoted Abdullah as saying.

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"Where is the dialogue? Nawaz Sharif is about to become the PM (of Pakistan) and they are saying that we are ready to talk (with India), but what is the reason why we are not ready to talk? If we do not find a solution through dialogue, we will meet the same fate as Gaza and Palestine, which are being bombed by Israel...," Abdullah added.

Farooq Abdullah on Poonch terror act and Baramulla senior police officer's killing: 

Abdullah's statement comes against the backdrop of recent incidents in which five Indian Army soldiers were killed in an ambush in Poonch, a retired police officer was shot dead inside a Baramulla mosque and three civilians were found dead after they were detained by troops for questioning in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Farooq Abdullah lambasts BJP’s normalcy claim in Jammu and Kashmir:

Earlier, Abdullah slammed the BJP's claims of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir since its special status was revoked in 2019.

"Shouting normalcy or propagating tourist arrivals as peace will not finish terrorism. They were claiming that terrorism has finished with the abrogation of Article 370 (in 2019) but four years down the line, terrorism is still there and will not finish till we try to understand its root cause," he had said on Sunday.

"I regret the killing (of the officer). Those who are claiming normalcy are silent... they tried to heal the wounds in a superficial manner rather than addressing the root cause. The commoners should understand that we are losing our soldiers, officers and commoners," Abdullah said.

Condemning the killing of the retired senior police officer in Baramulla, the National Conference patriarch said that terrorism would not end through operations by the security forces.

"We were part of India and will forever remain so. If we have to end terrorism, we've got to find ways through which it could be ended. The central government should realise that terrorism cannot be defeated through operations of the security forces,” he said.
 

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