Autonomy only way forward to address political, developmental deficit of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir: Dr Farooq

Srinagar: National Conference President and Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah Friday said restoring autonomy is the only way to expect any forward movement on the Kashmir issue. “Democracy shouldn’t be further eroded and dialogue process should be started without delay,” he said.

“Before further erosion of democracy in state, one should immediately start a dialogue and it should be meaningful. It has to have compulsion on centre of restoring our autonomy. Unless they restore autonomy, to expect any forward movement from people is impossible,” he said.

On Wednesday, Abdullah said, “Autonomy is the only way ahead to address the political and developmental deficit of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. It will secure the secular character of our state and strengthen the bonds of amity and brotherhood.”

Abdullah advocated for an Ireland-type settlement model to resolve the Kashmir issue.

“We should not feel disheartened. The current situation is grave, but we have witnessed even worst throughout the history. At one time in our history, people would not buy the idea that the autocratic rule will end. But a day came when democratic forces usurped the king’s throne with determination and struggle,” he added.

The Member of Parliament from Srinagar also said a day would come when the people of the state would breathe in a peaceful atmosphere, without any insecurity.

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