Farooq Abdullah says youth sacrificing lives for Kashmir’s freedom
Peace can only return to Kashmir when there was peace between Indian and Pakistan, says Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday, said that new generation of militants, in Jammu and Kashmir, were fighting for “freedom of this nation”.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Abdullah, who is also the president of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, said the youth were not sacrificing their lives to become an MLA, an MP or a minister.
Addressing NC workers at the Nawa-e-Subh party headquarters in Srinagar, Abdullah said: “Our youth are giving sacrifices. They don’t want to become MLA, MP or minister. They are rendering sacrifices demanding their rights. This is our land and we are its owners, you are not. This should not be forgotten.”
“They have left (their homes). Everybody loves his life. Nobody wants to die. But they left (their homes) to fulfil their promise with God (and they say) we will give our lives to make this nation free,” he told the gathering organised to commemorate the death anniversary of one of NC’s founding leaders.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan and India, the former chief minister said the two nations were unable to understand this. He added that peace can only return to Kashmir when there was peace between Indian and Pakistan.
“If you have to bring peace in Kashmir, then a way should be developed for dialogue and peace between India and Pakistan,” Abdullah said.
“This fight started in 1931. We are not enemies of anybody but we want both nations to do justice with us. You did not do justice to us. The promises you made to us in 1948, you forgot them. My nation does not fear guns,” he said.
On the recent warning of Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat to the youth of Kashmir, Abdullah said, “It is not right. This is unfortunate because if you have to solve the problem, it can’t be solved by a bullet or a gun, but by dialogue. And the dialogue is the way we should adopt,” he said.