Kashmiri leader and former Union minister Farooq Abdullah has said militancy was growing in Jammu and Kashmir and communal tensions over issues, such as beef, was adding to it.
In an interview to Karan Thapar on Headlines Today, Abdullah said unlike in the past, the instigation for militancy was now coming from inside the Valley because of this mistrust. “Militancy is definitely growing because of this mistrust,” he said.
“Why are we making beef such a huge issue? It is absolutely true that militancy is now being instigated from within. Kahsmiri youths don’t see any future ,” he said.
Talking about communal incidents, the leader of the National Conference, which led the previous government, said: “With the tendency in the nation, Muslim feel far more threatened in the country as a whole.”
Abdullah said chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of the People’s Democratic Party and the BJP alliance had totally failed due to deep inner differences. “When this government was formed, it was formed on development… that all this destruction by flood will be linked into.”
However, there is tension between the BJP-PDP alliance now, he said. “When government officers are transferred, BJP wants to see a Hindu, the PDP wants a Muslims. Where does it lead to…an officer is an officer. This has also sparked a tragedy inside the government,” Abdullah said.