SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) president and India’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, on Sunday blamed India’s former Home Secretary RK Singh for last year’s secret hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, saying if he had the authority he would have filed a chargesheet against Singh.
“He (Singh) is responsible for the hanging of Afzal Guru. He was then Home Secretary and has now joined BJP. What has been done, he (Singh) did it all,” Farooq told reporters on the sidelines of an election rally at Palpora, Eidgah here.
“I would have filed a chargesheet against him for facilitating Guru’s hanging as he was the Home Secretary.”
Farooq also claimed that he along with senior Congress leader and India’s Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad were kept in the dark over hanging of Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
“I and Azad also complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not informing us about Afzal Guru’s hanging. In Centre, nothing was shared with me.”
Farooq also reacted to opposition PDP patron and former Chief Minister of J&K, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s statement that he would not have allowed Afzal Guru’s hanging if he had been at the helm in the state, saying Mufti “says a lot but does nothing.”
Distancing himself from the statement made by his son and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over “Modi wave” remark, Farooq said that there is no Modi wave in Kashmir as it is a secular state.
“It is for you to ask him about the remark. I know there is no Modi wave in J&K, but I don’t know about outside Kashmir. There is no Modi wave in Kashmir and there is no doubt about it,” the NC chief said.
“Kashmir has never been communal. It is a secular state, and by the grace of God, it will always remain secular. It has got Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians living together as brothers,” he said.
Omar in an interview with an Indian news channel had said that “only fools would believe that there is no Modi effect in the country.”
Farooq refused to comment over Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s claims that Modi had sent two emissaries to him to create a “soft corner” for BJP by making a “commitment” to seek a solution to Kashmir issue. “I have gone through the same thing what you have read, I don’t want to comment. Let the people decide it.”
To a question about PDP’s filing of a complaint at Raj Bagh police station about his “threat” remarks, Farooq said, “PDP will file complaints as they have nothing else to do. Dr Farooq Abdullah is not responsible for killings. I even don’t know how to fire a gun. They (PDP) only blame two people—Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. What can Farooq Abdullah do?”
Earlier in his public address, Farooq attacked Mufti Sayeed, saying that despite opposition from the then President of India and it was Mufti who entered into a pact with L K Advani to send Jagmohan as a Governor to J&K.
“What Jagmohan did as Governor in this state and how Mufti facilitated the bloodshed, killings and massacres in here, these things are history and we all need to see into it and take lessons from these unimaginable miseries meted on us,” Farooq said.