Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday accused government of India of playing political of deceit over Kashmir. He said that New Delhi should understand that ‘iron fist and subjugation’ has never yielded positive results anywhere.
“It is because of their persistently miscalculated approach that Kashmir has been going through the turmoil of worst kind. Their (New Delhi’s) repeated deception has led to the thinking that people of Kashmir do not even have an iota of faith on the central government and its political initiatives,” Farooq said during a public rally in Machil Kupwara on Tuesday.
Dr Abdullah expressed grief and angst over GoI’s policy and said that their continuous indifference and rigidity towards the state and its people is breeding feelings of estrangement and dissociation among people of the state.
“New Delhi should understand that iron fist and subjugation has never yielded positive results anywhere. Same is the case with Kashmir where it’s because of these things that situation has deteriorated over the years. It’s high time that the policy makers realize the gravity of the situation and start to look at Kashmir empathetically and not merely as a law and order problem,” he said.
The NC president said, “Maharaja Hari Singh acceded to the Union of India on three conditions unique to state of J&K. It has been recorded and accepted in the Indian Constitution as well. So we are not like any other state in India. I have told this to many Prime Ministers and government representatives in past. We want autonomy to be restored.”
“The best political initiative from BJP government at the Centre would have been taking steps to restore faith of people by showing sincerity in addressing Kashmir issue. Instead there has been a well planned and executed political conspiracy to aggravate the situation by fiddling with Article 35 A and Art 370 of Indian Constitution, not once but consistently,” he added.
He also took shots at the state government for neglecting local governance. “I am in utter shock and disbelief that through my tour of loC areas I did not see a sign any government. Peoples plight has no listeners,” he said.