I’m an Indian, was never a Pakistani, says Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said peace in Jammu and Kashmir was impossible without involving Pakistan, adding that he was always an Indian and not a Pakistani.

“I’m telling you honestly that I’m an Indian and not a Pakistani. Neither I was ever a Pakistani nor I will become a Pakistani. I will die in this nation and on this soil,” Abdullah said in his speech during the no confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

He asked the BJP government to give up its rigid stance and be flexible in solving problems in the terror-ravaged state. “You may not like what I am going to say. We will not have peace in Jammu and Kashmir unless we strike a deal with Pakistan,” he said.

Abdullah had started his speech saying that he won’t talk about farmers or Dalits but Kashmir. “We are looking for justice for years but where is that justice? Demonetization has happened and stone throwing will stop but home minister knows that now there are guns and grenades,” he said.

“North Korea, which was making nuclear missiles, atom bombs, has made peace with US President Donald Trump. Trump and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin are meeting each other to find peace. But we have failed to do the same for Jammu and Kashmir.”

In his short but fiery speech, the National Conference leader said the anti-Muslim rhetoric building up in the country needed to stop because it was dangerous.

“We won’t be defeated by America, Russia or any other nation. We will defeat ourselves. We will not be successful unless the Hindus and Muslims unite.”

Pointing his finger towards the ruling bench, Abdullah asked the BJP to take note of the fact that “Muslims are as Indians as you are”. (With inputs from IANS)

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