Till India belongs to all, we will be with it: Farooq Abdullah

‘Responsibility of India, Pakistan to rescue Kashmiris from pain and miseries’

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
March 21, 2017 TOP STORIES 284 Views
Till India belongs to all, we will be with it: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the country belonged to all and not just the people of a single religion, adding there will be far reaching consequences if it ceases to remain so.
“This country belongs to all of us and not just (people from) a single religion. Till this country belongs to all, we will be with it. God forbid, if it does not remain so, then God knows what storm will come,” Abdullah said while addressing the party workers after filing his nomination.
He called upon the youth to take up the mantle of saving the state and the country.
“Whether I live or not, the young leadership has to save not only Jammu and Kashmir but the whole of India and Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir cannot be saved until there is friendship between India and Pakistan and for that they have to work together,” Abdullah said.
National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday filed his nomination papers for the Srinagar-Budgam-Ganderbal Parliamentary by-election in Srinagar.
Abdullah was accompanied by Senior Leaders of National Conference and Congress to the DC Office in Srinagar including National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah, PCC Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Senior Congress Leader and Former Member of Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra were present on the occasion. Following the filing of nomination papers, Abdullah accompanied by Senior Leaders of both parties addressed a rousing convention of workers and supporters at National Conference Head Office in Srinagar.
“The fire of communalism and polarization that is being fanned and is spreading across the length and breadth of this country needs to be stopped before it engulfs our values and robs us of our rights, our sense of dignity and our special constitutional status. Unity against these forces is the need of the hour and this is an opportunity to come together and rise over all our differences to stand in defense of our dignity and our respect.
National Conference and Congress decided to fight these elections together with the sole intention of ensuring the comprehensive defeat of the politics of communalism, polarization and divisiveness. Our success in this battle of principles depends on our ability to forge unity among our ranks in the pursuit of this common objective”, Abdullah said while addressing the convention in Srinagar after filing the nomination papers.
The National Conference President said there should be no doubt in the minds of the people that PDP is now almost officially an affiliate of RSS and any remaining doubts were cleared by the open campaigning and support being offered by the BJP to the two candidates being fielded by PDP.
“We have always maintained that PDP is a proxy subsidiary of the RSS and today all these statements and warnings have proven to be true. PDP has left no stone unturned to further the greater political agenda of the RSS and BJP’s participation in PDP’s election campaign today goes to prove the finality of this association. People are duty bound to consider the ramifications of any callousness in these elections as it is their duty to the people to eradicate this menace from our State”, Abdullah added.
Appealing for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, Abdullah said there was no alternative to talks between the two neighbours with a sincere intention to resolve all outstanding political issues and differences including the issue of Kashmir.
“It is the responsibility of both India and Pakistan to rescue Kashmiris from a never-ending cycle of fear, pain and misery. The people of Kashmir cannot be taken for granted anymore. Hostility and lack of dialogue between India and Pakistan is not an acceptable alternative”, Abdullah further said.
Speaking on the occasion, PCC Chief and candidate for the Anantnag Parliamentary Seat, Ghulam Ahmed Mir said both parties had come together to defeat the RSS and the BJP and were committed to fighting against communalism and tyranny.
“We will protect the State from the onslaught of those entities and forces who are hell-bent on setting this country on fire. This coming together of National Conference and Congress is not for power or out of the lure of the perks of power but a sincere effort to stop the march of communalism and bigotry from entering Kashmir”, the PCC Chief said in his address.
Senior Party Leaders, Former Ministers, Legislators and office bearers of National Conference and Congress also attended the function and addressed the gathering.

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