Attempts Underway To Change J&K's Demography: Farooq

11 June 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today said, 'Concerted attempts are underway to change the demographic character of J&K.' 'Vested interests who have nurtured a longstanding desire to break the spine of the identity and nationalism of Kashmir have come together to wage a war against the National Conference (NC),' said Abdullah while speaking at a function here to commemorate the death anniversaries of party leaders Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg and Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah. Abdullah said his party had given blood in the past to protect the interest of the state. 'If there is anything that can foil their evil plans is the staunch ideological roots of the National Conference. We are the only hurdle in their path and that is why they have all come together to oppose the NC,' Abdullah added. 'We safeguarded the aspirations of our people when those who are shedding crocodile tears today were the biggest collaborators in the erosion of Article 370. Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah spent 24 years in prison when others were falling over each other to earn the spoils of treachery. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was one of these opportunists when he was Sadiq's trusted lieutenant at a time when Sadiq sold the special status of J&K to New Delhi,' the ruling party president said. Abdullah said the recent statement from the Prime Minister's Office on the abrogation of Article 370 was a 'serious indicator of troubles ahead of us.' 'We will have to stand up to this challenge by identifying the enemy within our state, an enemy that is actively collaborating with anti-JK lobbies for a chance at power. We cannot be cowed down by any secret pacts or covert alliances,' he said. CM Omar Abdullah in a statement paid tributes to Beg and Shah on their death anniversary and described them as stalwarts of political struggle and social justice.