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Abdullah advocates dialogue with Pak to end militancy in J&K



(Asian News Hub) – National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday advocated dialogue with Pakistan to end militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, saying friendship holds the key to development in the region.

“Militancy is still prevalent (in Jammu and Kashmir) contrary to their (BJPs) claim that we have finished it. If we want to finish it, we have to talk with our neighbour,” Abdullah said.

Talking to reporters during a visit to a market here, the former chief minister of the erstwhile state remembered former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee”s words “you can change your friends but not your neighbours” and said “either we grow friendship and prosper or continue the enmity, then there will be no prosperity”.

He was responding to a question about the militant attack on police in Bhagat locality of Srinagar on February 19, which left two policemen dead.

“This is the reality of the day. I appeal to the government to adopt the same approach as they had with China over the standoff in Ladakh and started withdrawal of its troops. The same is needed here to pull out J&K from this (militancy),” he said.

Abdullah said the world has shrunk and the country like rest of the world is fighting coronavirus. “We have to solve this issue as well.”

Asked whether he is hopeful of success of the ongoing Indo-China talks, the NC leader said “the issue is big because this line is not defined and so there are differences between the two powerful countries”.

“Both the countries need to sit and define this line (Line of Actual Control) so that the issue is settled forever. Both the countries are powerful and the key to development lies in the friendship,” he said.

Responding to a question on increasing petrol prices, Abdullah said, “I want to request the government to review its decision and reverse the hike to allow the poor to live”.

“I heard they are buying it (petrol) at Rs 30 per litre and if they are selling it at Rs 100 per litre to the people, it is wrong. Where the middle class that has a fixed income would go? They have to run the household, pay school fees of their children, and take care of the sick as well. It (the government) has pushed the whole country into the crisis and needs to act fast to set it (petrol prices) right,” he said.

Asked about his party boycotting the delimitation commission meeting, Abdullah said “we have already said that what they have done on August 5 (2019) we have not accepted it. When we have not accepted that, how could we accept delimitation commission for J&K.”

On August 5, 2019, the Centre revoked the special status of J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories.

“I myself (as chief minister) delayed the delimitation exercise because the delimitation was scheduled to take place in the country in 2026. What was the reason for carrying out the delimitation at this time? Why not they go for the exercise in the entire country instead of picking up only a few states? That is our issue,” he said,
He added had they done it across the country, National Conference would have gladly joined the exercise but they have picked up J&K deliberately, therefore “we are not with it”.

On the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal”s demand for imposition of ban on the use of ”pheran” (a loose gown used by Kashmiris during winter to keep themselves warm during winter) after the assailant who attacked police was caught on camera wearing the garment to hide his weapon, Abdullah said “pheran is the identity of Kashmiris and if somebody has misused it, why defame it?”

“Without pheran, what can one do in minus 10 degrees Celsius? We hold the Kangri (fire pot) inside it. We don”t even have the electricity,” he said, adding Kashmiris have worn the ”pheran” even at the time when militancy was at its peak and “we will never discard the pheran.”

He termed the attack on the policemen as tragic and said those behind it should be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.

Earlier during the day, a group of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal activists staged an anti-Pakistan protest here over growing incidents of terror attacks and set ablaze the flag of the neighbouring country. The protesters demanded a ban on the ”pheran”.

With PTI inputs

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Amit Shah warns Pakistan, refers to surgical strike



(Asian News Hub) – In a warning to Islamabad, Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said there was a time when there used to be talks when India’s border came under attack. But now, India gives a befitting reply to attacks, the home minister said in Goa as he remembered 2016’s surgical strike, Hindustan times reported.

“Surgical strike under PM Modi and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was an important step. We sent out a message that no one can disturb India’s borders. There was a time for talks, But now is the time to reciprocate,” Shah said remembering the contribution of Goa’s Manohar Parrikar as the defence minister. The home minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the National Forensic Sciences University in Goa.

“When the militants attacked Poonch, India gave a befitting reply in the form of surgical strike. That was the beginning of a new chapter when India conveyed the message that it will give a reply in the same language,” Amit Shah said as per Hindustan times.

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The home minister’s message comes at a time when militant activities have seen an uptick in J&K and many civilians have been killed in the last few days.

The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan is being globally seen as an impetus to terror activities, against which India has issued stern messages on international platforms as well.

On September 229, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control, in a response to the terrorist attack on Uri.

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India won’t exist if storm of division of communities doesn’t stop forthwith: Dr Farooq Abdullah



Says In Kashmir, Muslims, Sikhs, Pandits, Buddhists have to stay united to defeat designs of those killing minorities; leaders leaving parties happens in politics, nothing new in it

(Asian News Hub) – National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said that a storm has engulfed the entire Indian where communities are being divided and if the same won’t stop forthwith, the country won’t exist anymore.

Talking to reporters at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Baghat Barzulla Srinagar, Dr Farooq said that it’s a storm that has gripped entire India. “Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are being divided across the country. If this won’t stop forthwith, India won’t exist,” the NC chief said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

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On Kour’s killing, Dr Farooq said that Mulsims, Sikhs and Pandits have to be united and face the killers together. “We have to fight the enemies unitedly and don’t need to be afraid of them,” he said.

Asked about former NC leaders Devender Singh Rana and Surjeet Singh Salathia leaving the party, Dr Farooq said: “In politics leaders leaving parties happens. This isn’t anything new.”

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Hike in petrol, diesel prices due to free COVID-19 vaccines: MoS Petroleum Rameswar Teli



(Asian News Hub) – Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Rameswar Teli on Saturday said that the price for the vaccines is being collected by levying taxes on diesel and petrol. He also said that the price of fuel is not that high when the taxes levied is factored in, Hindustan times reported.

“Fuel prices aren’t high but include the tax levied. You must’ve taken a free vaccine, where will the money come from,” Teli was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “You haven’t paid the money, this is how it was collected,” Teli said.

Soaring fuel prices across the country have dampened the mood ahead of the festive season. Petrol prices recorded on Monday across the country remained above Rs100. Monday was the seventh straight day of price hike which pushed the fuel prices to a new record high.

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