‘Ongoing movement is political in nature’
Srinagar: Advising Ram Madhav to read Kashmir history, National Conference President and Parliament member Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday said that Ram Madhav does not Know Kashmir. “He knows RSS and BJP. He doesn’t know Kashmir. He has been planking. He should look into the history of Kashmir rather than speak about it,” Abdullah told news agency CNS at his Gupkar based residence.
The firebrand leader said that there is no other Indian state acceded they merged with India. “We acceded with India on some conditions. India should not link us with other states. This is wrong to link us with other states. I have told this to many Prime Ministers in past. Do you remember what Narsimha Rao as Prime Minister said in the Parliament? He said as far as autonomy is concerned: Sky is the limit, but no azadi.
We want autonomy to be restored,” Farooq Abdullah said adding that
It is within the Indian Constitution I am asking for autonomy and not asking within the moon.
Responding to a question, Farooq Abdullah said that the report of late Interlocutor Mr Padgounkar is with Home Ministry of India. Let the Home Ministry put the report before Parliament. Why are not they putting it before the Parliament rather than sending a next man to talk to everybody. It is failure from the start. Home Minister says one thing. The man in PMO says another thing. Deputy Home Minister says third thing. We are all confused that is what Mr Sharma is coming to Jammu and Kashmir for. He has already sent me an invitation. My working president Omar Abdullah has also received an invitation. Our party will meet him. It is not necessary that I should meet him. Omar Abdullah will certainly meet him and put our point before him,” he said.
To a question, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that: “We are going to defend Article 35A. There is no change in our mind about that. During my father’s rule, a law was passed under which 90 years lease was given to outsiders who would set up industry and that lease would be extended further. It’s a renewable thing. How many they set up th industry here. And what for they want to purchase land in Kashmir,” he questioned.
Farooq Abdullah while reacting to the ongoing movement said that: “It is not an Islamic movement. It is a political movement. Political movement for returning our what we have and what we had. It is not an Islamic movement nor are we fighting for Pakistan,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah defended that remarks of P. Chadambaram about autonomy and said that Indian Prime Minister Mr Modi is absolutely wrong. “I heard what Chidambaram said and I feel Prime Minister is absolutely wrong. Chidambaram is correcting in asserting that majority of the people in Kashmir want autonomy. If Government of India will deny the same, then not far are the days when people will shout for Azadi,” he said. (CNS)