The father-son duo, Union minister for renewable energy Farooq Abdullah and his son J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, chose National Conference-founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s birth day on Sunday to take potshots at hardline Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
“He (Geelani) takes chicken soup for himself but does not allow people to even have vegetables. There is no possibility of Kashmir becoming a part of Pakistan. The Centre needs consider autonomy proposal for restoring peace,” said senior Abdullah while addressing a gathering in Srinagar to observe the birth anniversary of his father Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah. Geelani is for merger of J-K with Pakistan.
Farooq’s son Omar, who heads the state, too chose Geelani to take dig at on the occasion. “Sheikh Abdullah has been in jail several times during his struggle but he did not make his people suffer ever. Separatists and our mission might be different but there should be one common thing that people should not suffer. Separatists will have to their rethink their strategy,” said Omar while paying tributes to the NC founder and his grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.
Omar also questioned separatists’ approach to dialogue process. “When they (separatists) can meet all-party delegation and civil society members led by Ram Vilas Paswan why can’t they talk to New Delhi and their people?” asked Omar.
The Chief Minister asked separatists to come forward for talks as "parleys were the only way forward."
Omar and Farooq’s jibe has come a day after Geelani alleged that the J-K civil administration has been handed over to the Army and other forces. “Kashmir is under a military rule for the past few months while Omar Abdullah government's role has been confined to the Legislative Assembly and Civil Secretariat,” said Geelani in a statement.
Meanhwile, Farooq Abdullah asked people prepare for upcoming Panchyat elections and participate in large numbers. Geelani has given a boycott call against the elections.