'Dr Farooq Aided Kashmiri Youth For Arms Training'6 December 2011
Jammu: In a fresh salvo against the ruling National Conference, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Wednesday accused the union minister and NC president Farooq Abdullah of aiding Kashmiri youth to cross over to Pakistan for arms training during 1980s. “The NC president Farooq Abdullah aided Kashmiri youth to cross over to Pakistan for arms training during 1980s. Even the former Prime Minister of India late Indira Gandhi had herself admitted that Farooq was one among the creators of JKLF and NC sided with the elements inciting violence and secession,” JKNPP chief Bhim Singh said in a hard-hitting statement here. Singh alleged that National Conference leaders also helped “anti-Kashmiri Pandit lobby” to provoke exit of the community from valley at the onset of militancy in the state. The JKNPP leader while praising the leadership of former Chief Minister late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah said that he paved the way for the secular state and checked the growth of communal elements, but in 1990, NC workers and leaders failed to keep his promise. He said that Sheikh Abdullah had never supported “violence or armed struggle” to achieve political aims. He spent nearly 22 years in jails but never criticized Accession with the Union of India nor supported violence or guns. “In 1947, Sheikh Abdullah stood with a stick in hand to stop migrating Kashmiri Pandits at Qazigund but in 1990, NC leaders’ apathy led to the migration of the minority community from Kashmir Valley”, he maintained. Singh claimed that Sheikh Abdullah had welcomed the Indian Army and had joined entire Kashmir to sing country’s national anthem at Lal Chowk hailing Maharaja Hari Singh’s decision to accede to the Union of India but it was his grandson and incumbent Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who challenged his grandfather by declaring on the floor of the Legislative Assembly that integration with India was incomplete. The JKNPP chief also called on NC workers to go through Sheikh Abdullah’s contribution and commitment towards the people and state-centre relations and compare it with the alleged damage that his son and grandson have done by “exploiting the innocent people” of the state.