Srinagar, Feb 27: Calling for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, National Conference (NC) patriarch Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday urged both the countries to exercise maximum restraint for the greater good of humanity.
“A war apparently seems a little word of few letters but its effects are always harmful. It brings destruction which cannot be compensated for many years. No peaceful mind wants war,” Dr Abdullah, who is the MP from Srinagar, said while addressing a delegation of people from south Kashmir here at NC headquarters Nawa-e-Subh on Wednesday.
“I urge the peace loving people in both the countries to come forth and help de-escalate the situation. I am pretty sure that the number of people, who want peace far exceed the hawkish people numerically, it is right time for the doves to come forward,” he added.
Dr Abdullah said it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living on both sides of the Line of Control (LOC) and International border, who have to face the brunt of skirmishes between the two countries. “Let the war belong to tragic past in the history. It should find no place on our agenda. Let me remind the two nations that war is a plague that will have far-reaching consequences on the growth and development of the two nations, besides that it will make the lives of people living on the both sides of border no less a scourge,” he added.
The NC president said history bears testimony to the fact that war didn’t help both the neighbors resolve their long pending issues. “It is in the interest of our region if both the countries shun war rhetoric. I also urge both the countries to shun violence for the greater good of people living in both countries especially for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Expressing dismay over alleged scarcity of basic amenities in Kashmir division , he said, “People are hankering for petrol, cooking gas, medicines and other basic components of day-to-day life. It is the duty of incumbent administration to make sure that people don’t have to crave for basic amenities.”
“The incumbent administration should gear up to ensure all basic and effective amenities to the people living in urban and rural areas,” he added.
Urging the people to show steadfastness in forging unity, Dr Abdullah said, “Right from the times of Jawaharlal Nehru our party has been a scorn in the eyes of those who are inimical to our special constitutional position. New Delhi has always tried to create leaders in every street of the Kashmir. But our party with the active participation of people trounced all the machinations as were contrived to destroy our special status.” (UNI)