Outspoken Farooq Abdullah creates a stir, says NC backs Hurriyat's azadi call
�I ask these Hurriyat leaders to unite. We are standing by your side at this hour. Don�t think of us as your adversaries. We are not your adversaries,� Abdullah said in his speech to his workers after offering prayers at his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah�s tomb on his death anniversary. �Move ahead, we are with you until you keep treading the right path. And until you guide this nation on the right path�.
Days after he told New Delhi that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir was not its “father’s property”, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has pushed the envelope yet again, calling on Hurriyat to push ahead with their separatist struggle and that his party was with them.
“I ask these Hurriyat leaders to unite. We are standing by your side at this hour. Don’t think of us as your adversaries. We are not your adversaries,” Abdullah said in his speech to his workers after offering prayers at his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s tomb on his death anniversary. “Move ahead, we are with you until you keep treading the right path. And until you guide this nation on the right path”.
Pointing towards New Delhi, Abdullah told his workers that no power on earth can crush them.
“They can’t crush you. This fire that has been lit up in Kashmir can’t be extinguished. Until India and Pakistan will not do justice with us,” Abdullah said theatrically. “They have to do justice to the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Until that happens, this fire can’t be put out. No matter, how much effort they make”.
Abdullah also advised his workers to support the ongoing movement in Kashmir.
“I ask the workers of National Conference not to stay out of this (separatist) movement. I warn you. We are a part of this movement,” he said. “We have always fought for Kashmir cause. We have gone to jail”.
Abdullah then went on to narrate a story, he said, was told to him by his late father. “I still recall when during Maharaja (Hari Singh’s) time, the fire was opened at Kathi Darwaza (a place in Srinagar), my father rushed to the spot. He found among the injured a person taking his last breath. My father held him in his lap. The dying man told my father that he had done his duty, and now it was his to turn to take the Kashmir movement to its logical conclusion,” Abdullah said.
“In 1931, that man who died at Kathi Darwaza, we don’t have to forget him. We don’t have to be silent. We don’t have to escape. For the sake of our children and their children, we have to ensure that we pull Kashmir out of this trouble,” he said. “This can happen only when we unite. I tell Hurriyat also, don’t divide yourself. Unite and we will stand with you”.