Visits Hazratbal, addresses supporters
Srinagar: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday warned New Delhi to desist from exposing innocent people of Kashmir to brute force, saying that the insensitive and anti-Kashmiri PDP-BJP duo has given a free hand to unbridled forces as a result of which young people are falling prey to bullets almost every passing day.
Sharing the concern of various delegations that met him after Friday prayers at Dargah Hazratbal, Dr Abdullah said that Kashmir is passing through most difficult times and this can be overcome only when people will demonstrate unity. He lauded peoples’ resilience in meeting the challenges and braving the brunt of excesses being committed by the coalition dispensation.
Dr Abdullah cautioned the government not to test the patience of people and end the spree of arrests that has created fear and uncertainty across the Valley. He assailed the PDP for playing worse role in perpetrating atrocities and becoming party to hidden agenda of Nagpur for trampling Kashmir’s unique identity. He said emergence of communal forces is a blot on the Indian democracy and the idea of a nation that had been conceived by Mahatma Gandhi and Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Calling for unity among Muslims, the National Conference President referred to the hoisting of communal forces in UP because the Muslims could collectively stand against them. “Now that the most populous state is being governed by communal forces, the fear among the minorities is well understood”, he said, adding that the nightmarish era has begun there,
At Dargah Hazratbal, Dr Farooq Abdullah paid obeisance and prayed for universal peace and amity between Muslim nations. He said that the Muslim world was bleeding due to disunity and cited the examples of blood-shed in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan etc, adding that this is happening because Muslims have never got united.
National Conference President also prayed for friendship between India and Pakistan, saying that good neighbourly relations were imperative for lasting peace in the region.
Referring to the upcoming by-polls, Dr Abdullah said that this is a unique opportunity to the people of Kashmir to demonstrate their anger against the dispensation that came into being after exploiting religious and regional sentiments besides joining hands with communal forces. “The agenda of the PDP is exposed now”, he said and urged the people to come forward in a big way and ensure the success of National Conference and Congress candidates from Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies.
The deputations also apprised National Conference President about atrocities being committed by the coalition government by leaving them at the mercy of brute forces. He said the day is not far when this era of repression will end. Dastarbandi was also performed on Dr Farooq Abdullah on the occasion.