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Dialogue only way forward for peace in J&K: Farooq Abdullah


Srinagar, Oct 17 (KINS): National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said talks were the only way forward to herald peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

While reacting to the target killings, Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said that Kashmiris are not part of these killings. “These killings are unfortunate. We must hold talks to return peace to Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters as per news agency KINS.

On being Informed that Pakistan has been invited by India on NSA-level talks, Farooq Abdullah said “Friendship is the best way to resolve things. I pray to god that the relations between two nations become strong and people can live comfortably.”

India has proposed to hold a national security advisor (NSA)-level in-person dialogue on Afghanistan in Delhi in November. Key stakeholders in the region including China, Russia and Pakistan have been invited to the meeting.

For the past few weeks, Kashmiri Pandits, non-locals and civilians have been attacked in Kashmir.

On October 5, a prominent Kashmir Pandit, Makhan Lal Bindroo, was killed outside his pharmacy in Srinagar.

Within an hour, a non-local street vendor in Srinagar and a civilian in Bandipora district were shot dead. Within 36 hours of these attacks, two teachers were shot dead in Idgah Sangam Danimar, Srinagar.

On Saturday, in another incident, two non-local labourers were killed in separate incidents. Gol-Gappa vendor Arbind Kumar, a native of Bihar, was shot dead near the Eidgah area of Srinagar. Another non-local carpenter, Sagir Ahmad, a native of Uttar Pradesh was killed in Pulwama. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.(KINS)

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