Claims of normalcy in Kashmir contrary to ground situation: Farooq Abdullah

‘Peace impossible till New Delhi and Islamabad engage in talks’

Srinagar: National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that claims of normalcy in the Valley made by the Central and the State Governments were contrary to the ground situation in Kashmir and that there was a growing sense of alienation especially among the youth.

Addressing a public meeting at Hardpanzoo area of Khan Sahib Constituency in Budgam District, the National Conference President yet again impressed on both New Delhi and Islamabad to initiate dialogue on all outstanding issues especially that of Kashmir in a sincere effort to usher the sub-continent into a corrective era of stability, mutual cooperation and harmony.

“Those claiming things have improved in Kashmir after the mayhem, bloodshed and misery of 2016 are contradicting the reality on the ground in an effort to escape their own culpability and responsibility. The fact remains that our youth today are more isolated and alienated than ever before and feel hopeless and dismayed. We have left our youth disillusioned and disenchanted from the system as successive initiatives that were announced were left halfway. The lack of political will to engage with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir with a sense of seriousness and honesty has created an enormous trust deficit that has been further increased by recent betrayals and U-turns”, Abdullah said while speaking at Khan Sahib in Budgam District.

The National Conference President said both India and Pakistan are Nuclear Powers and should acknowledge the fact that a Nuclear War is out of the question and hence engagement and innovative conflict resolution is the only option.

Expressing disappointment over the state of misgovernance in the State, Abdullah lashed out at the State Government for ignoring basic infrastructural requirements and said people across the length and breadth of the State were suffering due to a Government that had decided not to govern but spend all its resources and time on photo-opportunities and theatrics.

“The state of chaos and confusion in the Administration is shocking and unprecedented. Even basic needs of the people cannot be fulfilled. Roads are in shambles and our health and education infrastructure has been neglected in the past three years. Our primary health centers are defunct and people have been left to fend for themselves – especially in far off areas with poor connectivity and accessibility. The electricity scenario is dismal and people are being subjected to unimaginable hardships especially in view of the harsh climate. Corruption has become an acceptable norm and the people are suffering. It is a sad state of affairs”, the National Conference President said.

Others who spoke on the occasion included National Conference Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Senior National Conference Leader and Former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather and Vice President Central Zone and Incharge Khan Sahib Constituency Manzoor Ahmed Wani. The public meeting was also attended by Senior Provincial Vice President Mushtaq Ahmed Guroo, Provincial Joint Secretary Ghulam Nabi Bhat, District President Budgam Haji Abdul Ahad Dar, Advocate Muhammad Shafi Shaheen and Youth District President Muhammad Shafi including functionaries and officer bearers of the District and Constituency Level.


(With inputs from KNS)

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