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Pak Waging Low-Intensity Conflict: Farooq

Faizal Ahmad  |  BSCAL 

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister has accused Pakistan of waging a low-intensity conflict in the state. Addressing the first Civil Military Liason Conference here recently after seven long years, the chief minister alleged that Pakistan would not allow us peace as their armys survival depended on continuing conflict in Kashmir.

Abdullah said Pakistan had opted for a low intensity conflict as they knew they were no match to the mighty Indian forces. He added that Pakistan had suffered its first major defeat in the proxy war in Kashmir when people participated in the elections and elected their representatives for Lok Sabha and the Assembly.

Abdullah, however, said that this was not a ground for complacency and we should always be on guard and prepared for any eventuality. Pakistans intensified mischief could not be ruled out in Kashmir in view of India gaining prominence in world affairs.

In another address to a group of senior Army officers of the National Defence College, the chief minister said the time had come for India and Pakistan to forget the past, sink their differences and come to an agreement for lasting peace.

People of both countries have suffered immensely due to the hostility, he said. The amount of money and energy being spent in both the countries due to continuous hostility could be saved and utilized for the welfare of the people.

While nobody can dare change our borders as our links with India are irrevocable, he said the avoidable strife was detrimental to the interests of the people of the state more than any other state in the country.

The group, led by Maj Gen D. K. Puri included officers of various countries including Islamic nations.

First Published: Fri, September 26 1997. 00:00 IST