Dr Farooq, Omar Abdullah playing vote bank politics: Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) has hit out at National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah for what it said playing “vote bank politics” by advocating autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and demanding talks with Pakistan.

“Whenever National Conference is out of power they suddenly start to remember the state’s autonomy and the betrayal of India and also start to talk about the friendship with Pakistan and the resolution of Kashmir. But when they are in the government, they not only hate to talk about the word autonomy but Farooq Abdullah also suggest India to attack PaK and occupy that region too,” Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said in a statement.

“This kind of politics of the NC has now become outdated and barring some of its party activists nobody else is taking them seriously. We advise the NC leaders to fear Almighty Allah and show some remorse. Had they been a bit sincere and honest in their claims with regarding to the JK’s autonomy, it would have been restored long time ago,” he said.

Elaborating, Akbar said the NC was once enjoying a two-third majority in the state assembly. “They could have passed a simple bill and would have restored the autonomy of the state, but they didn’t do that,” he said.

“In 2000 just for politics and formality instead of a formal bill, they (NC) passed just a resolution and when their masters in New Delhi out rightly rejected that, they then quickly agreed to work on previous salaries and stuck to the chair as their first and last goal is power and chair and for that they would never agree to take any risk,” he said.

“As they are out of power today, so they are raising slogans of autonomy. They once again want to befool the people of the state by their sweet-talks and they don’t feel ashamed by doing so again and again. And they do not consider it wrong,” he said.

Akbar said there is no “moral justification” in the autonomy demand of the NC now. “According to the autonomy the state has to elect its own Prime Minister and the founder of this party late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in 1975 compromised over the state’s Prime Ministership and surrendered it before the Delhi rulers. So Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have no justification today to befool the public over the issue which they and their party had buried some 41 years ago,” he said.

“Farooq Abdullah is showing his ‘Big Heart’ by suggesting the merging of PaK and Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan, but while in power he had many times advised India to bombard Azad Kashmir and extend it illegal and forced occupation to that region too. He has a variable policy which can change anytime and in any direction,” he said.

Hurriyat (G) spokesperson termed the statement of Andhra Pradesh MP Varaprasad Rao on Kashmir in Parliament “as open expression of the reality.”

“The voices raised in the Indian parliament after the JNU and other Indian universities is a clear proof of this fact that the Indian people are gradually understanding the reality of Kashmir and they are differencing with the Kashmir policies of their rulers. It is a very pleasing and encouraging for the Kashmiri nation and it has added a new life to the freedom sentiments of Kashmiris,” Akbar added. Courtesy Greater Kashmir


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