Not right to discuss Afzal Guru publicly, opines Farooq Abdullah

Not right to discuss Afzal Guru publicly, opines Farooq Abdullah

Jammu: National Conference (NC) patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said it is not right to discuss Afzal Guru openly.
“If you want to discuss Afzal Guru, then discuss it quietly. Why make it public? If you think, it was wrong then discuss among yourself. It is not right to discuss it openly,” said Farooq on the sidelines of a function here.
He also said the vice-chancellor of JNU should have handled the incident himself instead of allowing the police to intervene.
“They committed a mistake. They should not have given unnecessary hype to the Afzal Guru hanging issue,” said Farooq.
“Beginning (of JNU row) was wrong. If the VC had taken note of this and not called the police, then he could have handled the situation. Now, that the issue has caught fire, it is spreading across the country. I am unable to understand one thing, what was the need for them to bring Afzal Guru in this. Whoever did it was wrong. He brought disgrace to the institute,” Abdullah said.
On the issue of Indo-Pak relationships, Farooq said the prime minister of India Narinder Modi and Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharief were good friends, but the friendship cannot continue if “terrorism continues”.
“Pakistan will have to stop exporting terror. They will have to put an end to the factory of terrorists. Otherwise, talks between the two nations cannot be held,” he said.
“If terrorism continues, then the relationships are likely to turn sour. Pakistan will have to take concrete and credible steps for stopping terror which it has been exporting across the line of control.” Farooq was also critical of Rahul Gandhi for having visited the JNU campus after the arrest of a student.
He said “You cannot clap with one hand. You cannot blame RSS and BJP for everything. We must take a relook at our role in the past. We too may have committed some mistakes because of which polarisation is increasing with each passing day.”
On government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah said: “You should ask this question to those who have numbers. I do not have numbers, so I am not the one you should bother for forming government in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) was not in the interest of the state.
“Sensing that the people are now feeling deprived and deject by NFSA, the PDP-BJP alliance has started hoodwinking public opinion,” he said.
Earlier in the day, he addressed the office bearers of Youth National Conference (YNC) Jammu Province at the SK Bhavan.
He said the time has come when youth should shoulder their responsibilities and come forward in a big way in shaping destiny of the state.
He expressed happiness over the growing enthusiasm among youth towards politics and said National Conference recognizes their capacities and capabilities and shall not shirk in bestowing them crucial responsibilities in times to come.
Recalling the role of National Conference in steering the state to peace during most turbulent times, Dr Farooq Abdullah said the party plunged into elections in 1996 just to end the miseries of people and not for lust of power. He said a positive situation was created where in the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh witnessed a huge transformation on developmental front.

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