Farooq demands CBI probe in Lone brothers killings
22 June 2003
The Times of India
THE KASHMIR TIMES
SRINAGAR: Breaking his long silence, former chief minister and National Conference patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah today accused Mufti Mohommad Sayeed led state government for playing a key role in getting hundreds of National Conference leaders killed in the state. Addressing party workers here, Dr Abdullah said the present government has hatched a big conspiracy and has been instrumental in eliminating the leaders and workers of the party. Former chief minister demanded CBI enquiry into the killings of former law minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone and his brother Ghulam Mohidin Lone. He said only CBI enquiry can unfold the mystery and unravel the truth behind the assassination of the two senior leaders of the party. Dr Abdullah said the party would continue its mission and would not get bogged down by recent incidents. He said the enemy is trying its best to weaken and undermine the party, but their designs would not succeed. The National Conference patron had some harsh words for Indian and Pakistani leadership. Blaming them for the mess inKashmir, he said the inflammatory statements by the leaders of both countries were adding to the woes of the people ofJammu and Kashmir. Former chief minister said that the people ofKashmirfeel sandwiched between the two countries and the allegations and counter accusations of the leadership of both countries were making things worse for the people in the state. Dr Abdullah urged both the countries to start negotiations and solve this issue through peaceful means in order to provide succor to the people of the state. Speaking on this occasion, provincial president of the National Conference Dr Mehboob Beig said around 2260 party workers have been killed in the 13 years of turmoil. He said the party has given umpteen sacrifices for the nation and would follow the path set out by the slain leaders for achieving the dream of Naya Kashmir.