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Will announce TRC, if elected to power: Dr Farooq

SRINAGAR, Jan 12: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president and Member Parliament Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the party wouldn’t support ‘Operation All-out’ launched against the militants if his party is elected to power with a majority in the upcoming assembly elections.

While talking to the reporters at south Kashmir’s Islamabad town, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said that talking to Pakistan was imperative.“I request Rajnath Singh to send an invitation to Hurriyat before elections and it is very important to talk to Pakistan,” Dr Farooq said.

“How can we support something where there is suppression?  We do not want our people to be beaten at their homes. We are not going to support any violation of human rights, we live in a free country,” he said.

He said that there should be a reconciliation commission to probe the killings of 2016, “we will announce on the very (first) day when the new government takes over that we will appoint such a commission (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and see to it that the results are brought before the people not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in rest of the world,” he said.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a party function in Anantnag, Abdullah who represents Srinagar-Budgam constituency in the Parliament, said his son and NC vice president Omar Abdullah had already asked for a truth and reconciliation commission.

“We hope that God brings our party into power strongly and we don’t have to stand on crutches (referring to a coalition). This (probe) will be a great thing that we will announce on the very (first) day when the new government takes over that we will appoint such a commission (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and see to it that the results are brought before the people not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in rest of the world,” said Dr Abdullah in response to a question on a probe into 2016 killings.

He said that his party was not going to support any violence or violation of human rights. “Everyone is free, we live in a free country. And therefore we as a government we will have to see that freedom of people expression is not curbed,” said Abdullah.

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