Srinagar: Two former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar on Thursday poked the Union government over taking a stand on the US move to pronounce Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“The Government of India is obligated to strongly and unambiguously oppose this move in line with the country’s historical foreign policy stand that is committed to the people of Palestine in their quest for justice and peaceful existence and is also pivoted on the policy of non-alignment and objectivity. The condemnation from the Central Government should be unequivocal and we should take a stand in consonance with our values and our place in the comity of nations,” Farooq Abdullah said.
“India has traditionally and consistently supported the cause of the Palestinian people, and our Foreign Policy has always noted East Jerusalem as the capital of an Independent Palestinian State. A failure of the Modi Government to strongly reiterate this commitment and stand would be a great disservice to our country’s independent foreign policy goals and our commitments at the global stage,” he said.
Strongly condemned the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the United States President. Farooq said that this move was unfair, unjust and oblivious to historical facts and also to the goal of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East.
Farooq Abdullah said the move has hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the world and made the goals of cooperation and stability farther and harder to achieve.
“This announcement by the United States President is in contradiction to history and the sentiments of millions of Muslims across the world, including India. At a time when the world is grappling with instability and hostility, especially in the Middle East, an arbitrary announcement of this nature is fraught with the risk of alienating people and adding to the widespread sense of injustice,” Farooq said in a statement issued here.
While strongly condemning the arbitrary announcement, he said the global community is obligated to deliver justice to the people of Palestine and no responsible power should take any steps that would hurt sentiments centered around historical disputes and injustices.
Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah said there was a time when the Trump administration move would have provoked a strong condemnation from India.
He took to Twitter to express his views while reacting to Government of India’s response to US move of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“There was a time when the Trump Administration move to overturn decades of US policy WRT #Jersualem would have provoked a strong condemnation from India,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
Omar, who is also the working president of National Conference, said now all you get is some washy drivel about India’s position determined by ”our self-interest and not what other countries do”.
“There was a time India stood for something,” he added.
India has so far declined to comment on the US move to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying its position on Palestine “is independent and consistent”.