Kashmir dialogue can’t wait till the last bullet: Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah today said it was imperative to find a solution to the Kashmir issue for which talks had to be initiated with Pakistan.

Speaking with reporters here, Abdullah said the clock was ticking away and unless a solution was soon found, the violence would increase across the Valley.

“If it continues like this, I will tell you that there will remain no place here from where people will not be ready to die,” Abdullah said.

“If we have to escape from this storm, then it is imperative to find a solution to Kashmir soon and for that it is important to talk to Pakistan. Unless talks are held with Pakistan, there will be no solution here,” he said.

Abdullah said the dialogue process couldn’t wait till the last bullet was fired.

“Dialogue has to take place. How long are you going to wait? Till the last bullet will finish? Then you will (start) dialogue?,” he asked.

Welcoming the Supreme Court ruling on Article 370, the NC president said the Centre must follow the constitution both in letter and spirit.

“It (SC ruling) is a very good verdict. They have said it is permanent. But they (Centre) must undo what has been done to make Article 370 hollow. Half of our fight is for returning our 370 (special status), ” he said.

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