A day after moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq allegedly made provocative statements at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Union minister Farooq Abdullah lashed out at separatist leaders saying they are Indians and their behaviour should reflect that.
“The Mirwaiz has double standards. On the one hand he carries an Indian passport and travels across the globe and on the other speaks against India,” said the minister for new and renewable energy.
On Friday, Mirwaiz sought a rational approach to resolve the Kashmir dispute. His speech was followed by pro-independence slogans.
Taking a tough line on the pending clemency of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Abdullah said courts had taken a decision and the case was with the President and one should wait for her consent. But he added, “As an Indian, I believe anyone who worked against India should pay the price.”
“India is a free country and people have the liberty to express their views. But no one should be allowed to question the country’s integrity — whether it is the Mirwaiz or Syed Ali Shah Geelani or Farooq Abdullah. We may have some issues with the Centre, but that is it,” said the former J&K CM and ruling National Conference’s president outside the assembly in Jammu.
Abdullah’s statement comes in the backdrop of his son and CM Omar Addullah’s support for independent MLA Abdul Rasheed’s move to bring a resolution in the assembly on amnesty to Guru.