Youth sacrificing lives for Kashmir, not for tourism: Farooq Abdullah

Posted April 07, 2017

They are sacrificing lives so that a solution can be found to Kashmir issue which is acceptable to people here.

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr. 6 (ANI): Condemning National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah for glorifying stone pelters, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Thursday said such anti-national remark is not going to mislead the Kashmiri youth. Crowds had begun pelting stones at the army during the encounter, resulting in injuries to 23 soldiers, with one sustaining serious injuries.

"They will starve to death but they are pelting stones for the sake of nation".

Abdullah, who also said that the stone-pelting youth were not giving up their lives for tourism, is contesting the bye- election to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat as the joint candidate of opposition NC and Congress.

After inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri all-weather tunnel on Sunday, Modi urged the Kashmiri youth to choose between "tourism and terrorism", saying "40 years of bloodshed" had not done anyone any good.

As per the wire report, he said, "Our fight is against those who want to divide us on the basis of religion. We are fighting this battle against those forces that have defamed our youth, robbed them of their dignity and eyesight and attacked our cultural and religious legacy of tolerance and co-existence".

Abdullah, who has been three-time Chief Minister of the State, welcomed the United States offer of mediation between India and Pakistan.

Abdullah also said that if India and Pakistan can not resolve their problems, then the USA should come forward and facilitate as third party to resolve their bilateral issues.

He, however, added that America wanted to act as moderator between two neighboring countries in resolving the Kashmir issue but alleged India has always expressed "reluctance" in involving them over the issue.