No normalcy in JK; ending militancy seems impossible: Dr Farooq

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Kashmir issue pending before UN Security Council; Then Maharaja wanted J&K to remain independent but Pak sent invaders; King was left with no option other than to accede to India

KNO Correspondent

Poonch, Oct 25: Member Parliament and President of National Conference, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that there is no normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir even after abrogation of Article 370, 35-A and all claims of normalcy made by BJP are “hollow”.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Farooq was addressing a public rally at Poonch in which a large number of NC workers and leaders took part.

“We all need to save NC from such faces who use party platform for their personal gains and later ditch us. Unfortunately, it is not written on people’s face when they would backstab. Some joined NC to gain benefit and later left,” he said. “Now those leaving are in fact helping us to clean the party. We are least bothered for those who leave.”

Referring to abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A and recent militancy acts in Kashmir, Farooq said that BJP is claiming of normalcy in Kashmir but all such claims are hollow and devoid of facts from ground.

“There is rise in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and this will remain unless Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs of J&K do not get what they have been promised,” he said, adding that “It seems ending militancy is impossible now.”

He also said that special status of Jammu and Kashmir was not a temporary provision in constitution of India as is claimed by BJP and rather it is permanent. “The then Maharaja Hari Singh wanted J&K to be an independent State but Pakistan did a mistake by sending invaders and the Maharaja had no choice other than to accede to India to get army help. The accession was still conditional and the issue of Kashmir was taken to UN where it is still pending. The then UN body promised that it would send a special rapporteur for holding plebiscite in both parts of Kashmir which didn’t take place till date.”—(KNO)

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