1956: US Secretary of State Wires Washington

“Jawaharlal Nehru talked to (the) Secretary at length and with strong emotional reference (to) Pakistan. While recognizing (that) NATO might have been born of real necessity, he doubted (the) genuine security value of any Asian arrangements. He bitterly deplored (the) SEATO and (the) Baghdad Pacts which he felt Pakistan entered not for security against Communists but to gain strength to use against India. He felt Pakistanis (were) martial and fanatical people who might readily attack India. He believes (that the) present (Pakistan) government might not have that intention but (the) situation (was) unstable and (the) government could readily change. He deplored that (the) United States’ arming of Pakistanis was forcing India to arm and make large expenditures for defense when it wished (to) concentrate on improving its economic and social conditions. He reiterated (his) attack on SEATO as essentially (an) alliance with Pakistan against India. (When the) Secretary asked why India did not then join (the) SEATO. Nehru looked startled and said one could hardly expect him (to) join (an) organization which he morally disapproves (of) and thinks mischievous. The Secretary said (that) Nehru might be able change its character if he were member.

1988: Geelani Ignores Farooq’s Question in LA
The then Chief Minister of J&K, Dr Farooq Abdullah, was enraged when Muslim United front (MUF) leader Syed Ali Geelani ignored his question. “Do you condemn terrorism?” Farooq asked repeatedly. Geelani remained silent, much to Farooq’s discomfort.

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