NC president Farooq Abdullah Thursday expressed hope that the new government at the Centre would do justice with Kashmir and engage in a dialogue with Pakistan.
“I hope that the new government at center will do justice with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I hope that the new government at the center will follow the policy of reconciliation and rapprochement in the state. We saw how our youth were devoured upon and blinded in the past five years; we have to have policy in place to look after such people as have been affected by the conflict. Every time there is confrontation between India and Pakistan, it is our state that comes in the line of fire. It is our state that would straightly benefit from the bonhomie between India and Pakistan.”
Speaking to reporters at the NC headquarters, Farooq thanked his party leaders, workers and the people of Srinagar constituency for their support.
“I thank (NC vice-president) Omar (Abdullah), our party leaders and the people of Kashmir, especially the people of Srinagar constituency – all the mothers, sisters, elders and youth for supporting the NC,” he said.
“This Parliament will not be easy. There are several important issues with respect to JK because we have to fight them on their intention to do away with the Article 370 and 35A. Another issue is that they want to divide the Muslims and Hindus in the country; we have to fight that as well,” the NC chief said.
“We have to fight for the protection of the secular visage of the country. Moreover the mammoth task before us to put up a strong front against such forces as is inimical to the special status of the state. We will spare no effort towards protecting Art 370, Art 35-A. The other enormous task ahead of us is to protect the ideals of the constitution of India.”
Farooq also paid a visit to Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratbal. Dr Farooq while paying obeisance at the shrine prayed for peace and prosperity of the state. He later visited the last resting place of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.