SRINAGAR: Former CM Farooq Abdullah has said that he was forced to release five militants to secure the release of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, in 1989, by then-union ministers Arif Mohammed Khan and IK Gujral
Speaking at the formal release of AS Dulat’s much-publicised book, Farooq said releasing the militants was a grave mistake and that the central government had compromised the nation’s interest by doing so. “I wouldn’t have released a single terrorist even if the militants had taken hostage of my daughter. I asked the central ministers to give it in writing on behalf of the cabinet. I told them that this is the last nail in the coffin and we will never be able to recover from this,” he said.
Farooq also criticised the release of three militants during the IC-814 hijack saga, saying he was adamant about not releasing the militants and had expressed his reservations to then Deputy PM LK Advani and external affairs minister Jaswant Singh. “I told them we have to fight our battle against terrorism and we can’t go soft on it,” he said.