Cautions New Delhi ‘that it cannot enslave Kashmiris who have never succumbed to pressure’
GANDERBAL: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Thursday reminded Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the issues in Kashmir cannot be resolved unilaterally by New Delhi and sought engagement with all shades of opinion in the valley, an NC spokesman said in a statement.
“Putting Hurriyat leaders under house arrest or under detention will precipitate the already fragile situation rather than solving anything,” Abdullah told a joint election meeting of National Conference and Congress in Ganderbal .
Abdullah slammed PDP for “unleashing an unprecedented crackdown on separatist leaders at the behest of their masters in New Delhi”.
“He said the separatists were as usual proceeding on their way to Pak Embassy in New Delhi to attend the Pakistan Day celebrations but the action of the government to put them behind bars will further compound the stalemate in Kashmir,” the statement said.
“The National Conference President cautioned the Centre that they cannot enslave Kashmiris who have never succumbed to pressure. He said the people of Kashmir have always fought for their honour and dignity and would continue to do so despite suppression. He urged the people to stand united and foil all machinations of anti-Kashmir forces,” it added.
The statement said that Farooq recounted “numerous instances of betrayal perpetrated by the PDP leadership in different avtaars” and said that PDP came to power in 2002 by promising those brandishing guns that PDP would be their voice in the Assembly.
“He said when Late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed became the Chief Minister in 2002, he sent out an open message to militant commanders during public meeting in Ganderbal that their role had ended as the PDP had come to power. However, soon after taking over the reins of administration, the then Chief Minister unfolded hidden agenda of their masters in New Delhi and made the militant commanders and cadre the first targets,” he said and urged people to come forward and seal their disapproval against political bigots and hypocrites.
He said PDP had pushed Kashmir to the wall and it is now up to the people to reclaim their dignity and respect.
“I am cautioning you again this time against treacherous role of the PDP, which is employing all dirty tricks to fool the people again,” he said.
Addressing the gathering senior Congress leader Tariq Hamid Karra said that he begged late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for almost a year not to align with the BJP but he didn’t relent. He said his pleas of BJP perpetrating mayhem with Muslims in Gujarat were ignored for “sharing the loaves of power”.
Karra said that Mufti Mohammed Sayeed facilitated the entry of BJP into Kashmir and the RSS cadre are feeling elated over their success in making the Valley target of their venom.