Srinagar: The opposition National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday warned New Delhi to desist from exposing innocent people of Kashmir to brute force and blamed the “insensitive and anti-Kashmiri” PDP-BJP combine has given a free hand to unbridled forces. “Young people are falling prey to bullets almost every passing day,” Abdullah told delegations of people who met him after Friday prayers at Dargah Hazratbal.
According to a statement, Dr Abdullah said that Kashmir is passing through most difficult times and this can be overcome only when people demonstrated unity. He lauded people’s resilience in meeting the challenges and braving the brunt of excesses being committed by the coalition.
At Hazratbal, Dr Farooq prayed for friendship between India and Pakistan saying the good neighbourly relations were imperative for lasting peace in the region.
He said the elections for parliamentary constituency is a unique opportunity to the people of Kashmir to demonstrate their anger against the dispensation that came into being after exploiting religious and regional sentiments besides joining hands with communal forces. “The agenda of the PDP is exposed now”, he said and urged the people to come forward in a big way and ensure the success of National Conference and Congress candidates from Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies.
Meanwhile, former minister Mian Altaf Ahmed decried the hypocrisy of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her to explain what for five lakh pellets and 6,000 pellet guns had been brought to Kashmir.
“Is this PDP’s version of ‘goli se nahi boli se’?”, Mian Altaf Ahmed asked while addressing several election meetings in Kangan assembly segment.