Dialogue only route to resolution of Kashmir problem: Farooq

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Dialogue is the only way forward for a resolution to the Kashmir issue, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah today said even as he held that nothing has been done to reclaim Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from the neighbouring country while reiterating views that have invited criticism.

“The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution (to the Kashmir issue),” the National Conference leader said at a function here.

“Ever since I came into politics, I have always said that this state (PoK and J-K) can never become one. Neither do we have the power to take back their part (PoK) nor have they (Pakistan) the power to take our part; we are a nuclear power and they, too, are,” he said at a discussion by civil society to explore the ways for bringing peace and reconciliation between the two countries.

“How much can the army defend us even if the entire army of India came to our rescue, they cannot defend us against terrorists or militants? The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution,” he stressed. (AGENCIES)

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