Anantnag: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah Thursday said that Kashmiri Muslims love Pakistan and no amount of money can remove it from their hearts.
“When NIT incident happened, they said Kashmiris made noise. Kashmiri Muslims love Pakistan. Farooq Abdullah can do nothing (about it). If you oppress Kashmiris, their love for Pakistan will get grow deeper. And they will also bury us along,” Farooq told party workers at a function organised to remember late party leader Abdul Gani Veeri here. “They open money bags in Delhi and think it will change Kashmiris. But they don’t know, no amount of money can change them,” Farooq said.
He said that autonomy on both sides of Kashmir was the only solution to the issue.
“I have always been saying that there should be autonomy on both sides of LoC. The line should be removed to allow free movement of the people from both sides,” he said.
Without naming anyone, Farooq said that there are some people who don’t want it to happen. “Some people are taking money from both India and Pakistan and that is why they don’t want the issue be resolved by granting autonomy to both sides,” Farooq told workers. Later speaking to reporters, Farooq said that it was the time for Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to go.
“Removal of bunkers from Handwara is a good step and more such bunkers should be removed. But it is also time for AFSPA to go. When AFSPA is not needed in Chattisgarh where CRPF men are being attacked every day, why ( is it needed) in Jammu and Kashmir?” Farooq asked.
He said that his party has always and will continue to demand the withdrawal of the Act from the state.
In reply to a question, Farooq said that RSS has laid its roots in Kashmir with the support of PDP. However on alliance with Congress for elections on Anantnag assembly seat, he said that working committee of party will decide about it next in few days.