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Srinagar, December 05
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s pledge to follow the Hurriyat Conference and its united leadership ‘s pursuit for the rights of the people of Kashmir as a nation received huge cheers from the audience indicated direction of Kashmir mood.
“ We were, are and will be with them ( Hurriyat) in the current struggle which they are pursuing,” he said at the 111th birth anniversary of his father and founder of National Conference Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah , and adding it in equally clear manner that , “ let me tell you all that no struggle for azadi is easy. It is very, very difficult. We have already sacrificed many lives and still are offering and we should not abandon our struggle midway.”
In his typical style, he referred to the two events in the Jammu and Kashmir’s history to advance the claim for azadi besides denying that Sheikh Abdullah was part of the accession of the state to India. “ It was Maharaja Hari Singh who had signed the instrument of accession with India, not my father. It is wrong to say that my father had pushed for the accession of the state to India. It was purely the Maharaja’s decision.” Since neither Sheikh Abdullah nor National Conference is responsible for the accession , the National Conference cannot be faulted for not holding of plebiscite. He, however, mentioned that under the provisions of the plebiscite, that side ( Pakistan) was to recall its forces from the state’s territory under their control and India were to remove it from its part . Since these conditions were not met , the plebiscite could not be held. Where is the fault of National Conference,” he asked.
Farooq Abdullah referred to the 1931 stir against Maharaja’s rule when the forces had shot some Kashmiris . Putting an emotional element into that, Farooq recalled one Afreen Shah having told his father that he had done his job and now it rests on his shoulders to carry forward the struggle . Then, he jumped to 1947 invasion by tribals , and declared that “ had that invasion not taken place, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh would have been free. Maharaja wanted to keep the state independent.”
“The current unrest and its flames will not be doused by any repression. That kind of suppression will only fuel the flames and help those leap high,” he cautioned the government. He assured the Hurriyat, “ All of us are with you and your struggle as long as it remains just and focused on a fair goal of azadi.”
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