Baramulla: National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said that he was not hungry for power and that his party’s support to PDP for forming government in the state was meant to safeguard the identity of Jammu and Kashmir.
“You should think what is going on with our JK Bank,” he said, referring to the Governor’s administration’s decision to convert the “old private bank” into a public sector unit (PSU).
“We gave external support to PDP only to save our people,” Dr Abdullah said.
Blaming the slain Abdul Gani Lone, father of Sajjad Lone, for introducing “gun culture” in the Valley, Dr Abdullah said that Abdul Gani Lone later regretted his “mistake”.
“I know Sajjad Lone blames me and my party (for the problems in Kashmir), but I won’t say anything. Otherwise I know that his father told me that he will go Pakistan and will pick up the gun. I pleaded with him to not introduce the gun culture here. I told him it will take lives of our youngsters and honour of our daughters. When he returned, he accepted it was a mistake on his part,” Dr Abdullah told reporters in Baramulla.
Dr Abdullah had come to Baramulla to visit bereaved family of Advocate Ghulam Mohiudin, who passed away last week.
Dr Abdullah said he wanted friendship between India and Pakistan. “There is no solution without friendship for both countries and it will be good for our state too,” he said.
He said if his party comes to power in the coming assembly elections, he will fight for state autonomy and get it at any cost.
Senior leaders of NC including former minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, district president Baramulla Javid Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Gulam Hasan Rahi, Advocate Shahid Ali Shah, Adv Nilofar Masood, Abdul Majeed Akhoon, Abdul Rashid Sangrama, Gulam Mohammad Bhat, Ashiq Hussain Khan, Sain Mohammad Khan and others accompanied Dr Farooq Abdullah on his visit.