Farooq stirs hornet’s nest, keeps hardliners busy

Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, Nov 28: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah has stirred the hornet’s nest first by stating that Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) would remain with Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir would continue to be the part of India and now by daring people sitting in New Delhi to hoist the tri-colour at Lal Chowk.
After his PaK statement hardliners reacted very sharply and everyone left no stone unturned to make it clear to Dr Farooq that “J&K is an integral part of India” and no power on earth can snatch it from India and PaK too is a part of India.
Even a court in Bihar ordered that FIR should be lodged against Dr Farooq for giving anti-national statements. However, Pakistan did not react to Dr Farooq’s statement.
On Monday Dr Farooq again dared the Centre with yet another taunt asking people sitting in New Delhi to first hoist a “tri-colour” at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
“They (Centre and BJP) are talking about raising flag in PaK. I ask them first you go and raise the tricolour at LalChowk in Srinagar. They can’t even do that here and they are talking about PaK,” he said.
“If you don’t like to hear the truth, then live in the untruth. The truth is that (PaK) is not our part and this (J&K) is not their part. That is the truth,” Dr Farooq said, defending his comment that PaK does not belong to India.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Dr Farooq is the most experienced politician in the state and he has seen many phases during his political career. Whatever he is saying is based on his experience. He knows it very well that India and Pakistan have fought wars over Kashmir and have been locking horns with each other for the past so many years. He knows it very well that nothing has changed till date and nothing would change in future also. Till date all the attempts to change the status-quo have not yielded any result.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “It’s unfortunate that BJP leaders are playing politics over sensitive issues and are adding to the prevailing confusion in Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of indulging in rhetoric they need to make an attempt to ensure that normalcy returns to the Valley and people are given a chance to breathe freely.”
He said, “It’s unfortunate that they have made it a habit to crib over small issues. They should mend their ways and stop dreaming about revoking Article 370 and Article 35-A from Jammu and Kashmir.”
A politician said, “In democracy ever leader has got a right to put forth his point of view. Terming every Kashmiri leader as anti-national and the ones who have spent their entire life in mainstream politics is being too unfair. Extremist elements should stop over reacting.”