Convert dividing LoC into line of peace: Farooq

Budhal, Ihk—National Conference president and former Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday pitched for autonomy to both sides of Jammu and Kashmir, saying this is the “only viable and realistic solution” to nearly seven decade problem that has “cast dark shadows over the generations.”
“We owe peace and dignified life to posterity and that can be achieved only by converting the present dividing line between the two neighbouring countries into line of peace,” Abdullah said, addressing party workers at Budhal during the second-leg of his three-day tour to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Dr Abdullah said hostilities of the past nearly 70 years have “retarded development” of people on both sides of the line of control and time has come when India and Pakistan should “take a bold initiative by calling a spade a spade.—GK

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