No peace sans detente between India-Pak

Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and president National Conference (NC), Dr Farooq Abdullah said peace in the Subcontinent isn’t possible until bonhomie returns between India and Pakistan.

“Relations between these two countries have an impact on the situation in the state”, said the Union minister during his interaction with the visiting delegation of Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, here on March 27. Dr. Abdullah said that granting autonomy to the state is the ultimate solution to the Kashmir issue. “The party would, however, welcome any other feasible solution to issue”.

He said that democracy wasn’t allowed to flourish in the state. “Elected governments were toppled and same was done to bring disrepute to parties. It continues even today.”

Dr. Abdullah said that the state is suffering huge losses on account of the Indus Water Treaty and state needs to be compensated. He asked Centre to set-up industrial base in valley that would help in tiding over crisis emanating due to unemployment.

Meanwhile, impressing upon people to elect honest and upright people to Panchayats so that their grievances get solved, NC president asked people to participate whole-heatedly in forthcoming elections. While addressing party workers here on March 21, he said a ‘panch’ or ‘sarpanch’ has more powers than an MLA. “They can guide government in proper implementation of developmental schemes in villages and far-flung areas. Panchayats play role of mini-government in democratic setup of a country,” he said. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 15

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