If we can talk to China to resolve issues, why not with Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah in Lok Sabha

Farooq Abdullah said just as we are holding talks with China to defuse tensions along the border, we should also hold talks with Pakistan to resolve pending issues.

Former Union minister and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abduallah on Saturday said if we are holding talks with China for disengagement of troops on the LAC, we should also hold talks with Pakistan to resolve issues that are pending between the two countries.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Farooq Abdullah said, “Today, India is planning to hold talks with China for disengagement. We should also start talks with Pakistan to resolve pending issues.”

The National Conference president was speaking in Parliament for the first time since his release from detention.

“Border skirmishes have been rising and people are dying…A way has to be found to deal with this. Except for talks…As you are talking to China to attempt that it withdraws (from Ladakh border), we should also talk to our (other) neighbour to find a way to get out of this situation,” Abdullah said in his speech amid protests from treasury benches.

The Srinagar MP also expressed his happiness at the findings of an Army inquiry into the killings of three men in Shopian in an encounter.

“I am happy that the Army has admitted that three Shopian men were killed mistakenly. I hope the government gives a hefty compensation,” he said.

Officials had said on Friday the Army has found “prima facie” evidence that its troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act during the encounter in July and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.

Abdullah said Jammu and Kashmir has not seen any progress and spoke about authorities blocking 4G facilities in the Union Territory which, he added, goes against the interest of students and traders.

He also conveyed his gratitude to parliamentarians for speaking for him when he was under detention.

Farooq Abdullah and many other leaders were put under detention by authorities last year after the Union government abrogated Article 370, which had given special powers to the erstwhile state, and split Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

Source: India Today

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