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

Kashmir dialogue can’t wait till the last bullet: Farooq
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SRINAGAR: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said it was imperative to find a solution to the Kashmir issue for which talks had to be initiated 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.”
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 Government of India must follow the constitution both in letter and spirit.
“Abdullah said violence was again brewing in the Valley because of the “tragedies” that India was facing.
“The misunderstandings that are growing in the nation, young people of Kashmir are seeing their future as dark. To improve that future of those people, they (GoI) have to see to it that the constitution is followed in letter and spirit,” he said.
The Srinagar MP said that violence was not the way to resolve issues and criticised people who propagate it.
When asked that the BJP, which is in coalition with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, was not in favour of dialogue with Pakistan, the opposition leader said the ruling PDP had compromised for the sake of power.
“For the last four years, they have been saying that talks will be started, but where is that process. The love for chair has wiped it all,” he said.