Farooq Abdullah, who was a minister in UPA-II at the Centre and also former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and president of Opposition National Conference on Friday triggered a controversy by saying Kashmiri boys joining militant ranks were “sacrificing their lives for freedom of the nation”.
“Today, when our boys are rendering sacrifices, they are not aspiring to become MLAs, MPs or ministers. They are sacrificing to demand their right. This is our land and we are its rightful owners,” Abdullah said while addressing party workers here. Asking his workers not to forget the sacrifices of militants, he said, “These boys have left.
Everyone lives life, nobody wants to die. But they have made promise with God that You are the sole giver and taker of life. But we will sacrifice our life for the freedom of this nation.” Abdullah, who was a minister in UPA-II at the Centre, also targeted India and Pakistan for “not doing justice to Kashmiris.”
“India and Pak are not able to understand this. This fight started in 1931. We are not anybody’s enemy. But we are asking both the countries to do justice to us. You forgot promises made in 1948,” he said.The former CM warned both the countries that a new generation of Kashmir does not fear guns.
“It is striving to achieve the freedom of this nation,” he said. “Statesmanship and sagacity demanded that New Delhi initiate political engagement with the alienated youth of the state rather than resorting to a confrontational and aggressive approach by issuing threats of harsh measures.”
He demanded a judicial commission to look into the reasons for youths joining militancy and people rushing to encounter sites to save trapped militants during counter-insurgency operations.