While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to visit Pakistan on December 8, former Chief Minister and NC patron, Farooq Abdullah Saturday said he hoped that the proposed visit will improve the relation between the two neighboring countries. According to KNS correspondent, after paying glowing tributes to his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 110th birth anniversary, Farooq said, “The proposed visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan will help in improving the relationship between Indo-Pak, and will lead to resumption of dialogue process and resolution of all outstanding issues between the two countries.” Welcoming the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Paris last week, Farooq said, “We are not aware about the facts what they have talked about but let’s hope that they find some way of resolving this K-issue.” Reiterating his statement that neither India nor Pakistan had the capability to annex the territory of Jammu and Kashmir in each other’s control, Farooq said that both the countries have atom (nuclear) bombs. “Are we going to drop these bombs on each other and get wiped out?” Farooq said. He further said India and Pakistan should grant greater autonomy to their respective regions of Kashmir and make the Line of Control irrelevant by allowing free travel and trade between the two sides.
2015 Kashmir Despatch