Opposition’s National Conference’s president Farooq Abdullah emphasised on the need for imbibing the teachings of the revered saint, saying “this spirit has to be maintained at all costs”.
“Let NIA do their work, if NIA is investigating or something else we will get to know. I’ll ask Farooq sahab to wait until the investigation is completed. We have trust on NIA,” Dikshit said
“I have no expectation at all. He will come, he will meet as he had done before. He led a delegation of MPs (earlier). What happened to that delegation and their recommendations?” said Farooq Abdullah.
Article 35 A is a provision of the Constitution that empowered the J&K Constitution to define “permanent residents” of the state. It was added to the Constitution through “Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954,” issued by the President under Article 370.
Abdullah called the Centre’s position a BJP-RSS conspiracy to erode the state’s special status for demographic change. He urged opposition parties to unite to thwart any such move. . He insisted that it should not be given a regional colour.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah had on Friday suggested third party mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying India should take the help of “friends” and that dialogue was the only solution.
“We should take forward Shimla and Lahore agreements the way our elder leaders like (former PM) Indira Gandhi and (former PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee did,” Mehbooba Mufti said
“India has so many friends all across the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. US President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached,” Farooq Abdullah said while ruling out war.
Farooq Abdullah had lost in 2014 to the then PDP candidate Tariq Karra, who is now with the Congress. Kunhalikutty, who took oath in English, won the Malappuram by-poll in Kerala. He defeated Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and youth leader M.B. Faisal.
Terrorists on Monday killed seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, and injured 19 others as they fired at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Terming the attack as one of biggest tragedies, Abdullah said people of Kashmir were not communal.
Farooq Abdullah said the only way to end the crisis is to hold talks between the two countries.
The opposition party also threw its weight behind the separatists, calling their agitation a ‘’justice struggle”.
The petition accused Farooq of making certain anti-national remarks during an event which was shown on prime time on a leading news channel on November 25, the counsel said.
Abdullah said signs of normalcy should not be mistaken to be restoration of peace as all such activities were being carried out “in accordance with the weekly schedules being issued by Hurriyat leaders”.
Farooq Abdullah was seen talking on phone while national anthem was being played at Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday.