New Delhi irked as Farooq supports separatists’ movement for ‘azadi’

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National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah extended his party’s support to separatist leaders in their struggle to carry out “the movement for azadi (freedom) to its conclusion”.

Abdullah said, “We’ll never be free until we are united (against India), and I am asking my party workers not to stay away from the movement. I ask the separatist leaders to unite. We are standing by your side at this hour. Don’t think of us as your adversaries. We are not your adversaries.”

He said this while speaking on the occasion of 111th birth anniversary of his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in Srinagar. The NC patron said: “The flames will never die. They (New Delhi) will not give you anything. You should continue with this struggle.”

Criticising India and Pakistan, Abdullah said, “One day they will have to resolve this. The duo are out to subjugate us. But they are wrong. One day, India and Pakistan will have to sit and talk to resolve their differences; there is no second way. The two should control themselves from further igniting the tension.”

The former Chief Minister expressed fervent hope that PM Narendra Modi would begin dialogue with Pakistan to resolve K-issue. His assertion came a day after Modi called for a united effort to combat regional terrorism.

On December 5, the state government nipped in the bud a proposed separatist march from Lal Chowk after separatists Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were taken into custody.

Close to 100 people have died and more than 10,000 were injured in the Valley following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death at the hands of security forces.