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Farooq Abdullah stirs the Hornet’s nest once again
By Inayat Jehangir
National Conference president and Union minister Farooq Abdullah may have earned a few brownie points with the rest of the country by claiming that no Kashmiri wants to secede from India but he has drawn ire of Kashmiris — from Separatists to mainstream opposition parties to the common masses.

Hard line Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, while expressing views on Abdullah’s statement in the Lok Sabha, dared the former chief minister to take a walk around Lal Chowk for just five minutes. “Abdullah’s statement is an extreme case of buffoonery and a bundle of lies. He should think more of his family’s safety than talking of Kashmir as he has lost his ground in Kashmir,” Geelani said.

The octogenarian separatist leader said if the claims made by Abdullah were true, India should have no objection in holding referendum in Kashmir. “Our fundamental demand is that plebiscite should be held to ascertain view of Kashmiris so that it becomes clear whether or not they want to live with India,” he said.

He referred to the visit of Abdullah’s son and chief minister Omar Abdullah to SKIMS hospital to meet the persons injured in security forces firing. “Omar Abdullah had to fly in a helicopter to cover a distance of eight kilometers as the roads were not safe for him and even when he reached the hospital he was booed away.”
The Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the National Conference president was trying to be ‘more loyal than the king’ in his efforts to appease New Delhi.
“It is ironical that the party which has been in power for over six decades has deliberately failed to acknowledge the aspirations of Kashmiris mainly to show loyalty to India and satiate its vested interests,” Mirwaiz said.

The Hurriyat dove said it was ‘shame’ on part of leaders like Abdullah, who claim to represent Kashmiris and yet ignore the genuine aspirations for self determination among the people of the state. “On the contrary, an MP from Hyderabad vociferously and from the core of his heart acknowledged that innocents are being killed in Kashmir and expressed serious concern over it. We want to tell leaders like Farooq that for God’s sake stop exploiting Kashmir issue for their personal interests,” he said.
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Aasiya Andrabi castigated National Conference president for claiming that autonomy was the solution to the Kashmir dispute. “At a time when the Kashmiris including children have only one objective and slogan of ‘Quit Jammu Kashmir’, Abdullah’s claim that they want autonomy is nothing more than a bundle of lies. This has exposed the evil designs of National Conference,” Andrabi said.
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