People of J&K must unite to defeat communal forces: Farooq

‘Stop campaign of hatred against Kashmiris’

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, April 29:
National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asked the people of state irrespective of their religion, creed, caste to unite and defeat the forces hell-bent in destroying the communal amity among different regions and religions. The National Conference President said the need of the hour is to defeat those forces who are openly espousing hatred and sowing the seeds of communal discord in the state. “I call upon all those who want to see a prosperous J&K and believe in brotherhood to come forward and reject the politics of communal polarization that has taken deep roots throughout the country,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said. Hewas addressing party workers at NC headquarters Nawa e Subah where hundreds of workers and senior party functionaries had assembled to pay homage to departed NC leader and former MP Mr Ali Mohammad Naik.
While reiterating the demand for immediate resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad and also between New Delhi and stakeholders within Kashmir to find a lasting and just solution to the Kashmir Issue Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “You cannot freeze the political issue while our children are being robbed of their future.
Both New Delhi and Islamabad owe us a responsibility to resolve this
issue as per the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir – first and foremost. A continued failure by the two neighbors
to resolve the Kashmir Issue has inflicted unimaginable pain and misery on the people of Kashmir, especially its youth.” “New Delhi should rise above ideological politics as statesmanship was the need of the hour and stop stereotyping Kashmiris within the narrow contours of a regressive ‘nationalism versus anti-national’ narrative. The political problem in Kashmir is far too complex for such broad stroke definitions and merits an open-ended, well-intentioned political engagement with all stakeholders including the leadership of the Hurriyat Conference,” Dr. Farooq Abdullah further stated. Condemning the recent spate of excesses against youth in the Valley, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said, “Its high time that this
government understand that the policy of repression unleashed on our youngsters and students will result in further alienation among the youth. It has not worked in past and will surely not work now and not in future. The sensible thing is to do away with anti-youth posturing and policies. Mehbooba Mufti Government has brought us to the precipice of turmoil and unrest.” While talking on the recent rebuke by BJP leadership on Mehbooba Muftis assurance regarding talks with Hurriyat and other stakeholders , Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “The government’s ‘Agenda of the Alliance’has been proven a hoax – not by anyone else but PDPs ally, the rightwing BJP. Central Government has wasted no time in snubbing Mehbooba Mufti. This is an indication of the depths of humiliation and servitude Mehbooba Mufti has subjected the Chief Minister’s chair to. The honorable thing left for her is to break this alliance and resign.” While comparing the airtime dedicated to two recent encounters at Kupwara and Sukma on many news channels, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, ” Media is doing a great disservice to Kashmir and it’s people by showing disturbing visuals on their prime time shows. This willinevitably stop people from coming to Kashmir this summer.
They want to finish our tourism and I see that they are working overtime in installing fear among potential tourists.” Taking potshots at GOI, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “This government has an ulterior motive to spread hatred against Muslims. 26 CRPF jawans
were killed in the Sukma Naxal attack, but they are more troubled by
the attack in Kupwara where 3 jawans were killed. In order to cater to
their own constituencies, they are painting kashmiris in bad light.
This perhaps is their new tactic to spread anti Kashmir anti Muslim
hatred among Indians.”

While offering condolencess to his family Dr Farooq Abdullah
described Ali Mohammad Naik a leader of high political and
administrative acumen.

Among others who were present in the meeting included General
Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Addl General Secretary Dr Mustafa Kamal,
Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, senior leaders Coudhary
Mohammad Ramzan, Mohd Akbar Lone, Shariefudin Shariq, Irfan Shah, Ab
Majeed Larmi, Shameema Firdous, Altaf Kaloo, Dr Bashir Veeri, Peer
Afaq, Showkat Ganaie, District Presidents, Block Presidents, YNC
Provincial President Salman Sagar, Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi
Dar, youth leaders Muddasir Shahmiri, Younus Gul, Ahsan Pardesi,
members from womens wing and others.

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