National Conference (NC) Chief Farooq Abdullah Calls for ‘De-escalation’ of Indo-Pak Tensions

Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday called for de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan and asked both the countries to maintain “maximum restraint” for the “greater good of humanity”.

National Conference’s Chief Statement came amidst the escalating tension between India and Pakistan. A day after the Indian air strike on a terror camp in Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir saw heightened military activity on Wednesday, with Pakistani jets violating the Indian air space and dropping some bombs in Rajouri sector after which one of their fighters was shot down.

Indian Air Force on Tuesday carried out unprecedented Air Strikes across LoC destroying Balakot JeM Terror Camp. As per reports, 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 kgs of Bomb across LoC in early hours of the Tuesday, Feb 26 completely destroying the Terror Camps.

National Conference’s Chief Farooq Abdullah in an Official Statement released on Party’s Facebook Page said, “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. 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 exceeds the hawkish people numerically, it is the right time for the doves to come forward”.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister added that people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) or the International Border (IB), who have to face the brunt of skirmishes between the two countries.

“It is the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living on both sides of the LOC or international border who have to face the brunt of skirmishes between the two countries. Let the war belong to the tragic past in history. It should find no place on our agenda”.

The NC Chief added that ‘ history bears testimony to the fact that war didn’t help both the neighbours 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.

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The National Conference Chief urged India and Pakistan to maintain ‘maximum restraint’ as war, he said, was a little word of few letters but its effects were always harmful.

“I am pretty sure that the number of people who want peace far exceeds the hawkish people numerically, it is the right time for the doves to come forward,” he added.

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