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‘Kashmir Struggle Is Neither Communal Nor Islamist. It’s For The Rights Of People.’

'Kashmir struggle is neither communal nor Isl­amist,' says Dr Farooq Abdullah who was recently elected to the Lok Sabha in a byelection from Srinagar where only seven per cent votes were cast...

‘Kashmir Struggle Is Neither Communal Nor Islamist. It’s For The Rights Of People.’
Photograph by Javed Ahmad
‘Kashmir Struggle Is Neither Communal Nor Islamist. It’s For The Rights Of People.’
outlookindia.com
2017-05-20T10:24:37+05:30

Dr Farooq Abdullah, who was recently elected to the Lok Sabha in a byelection from Srinagar where only seven per cent votes were cast, says the Kashmir struggle is neither communal nor Isl­amist. It is the Kashmiri people’s struggle for their rights, maintains the National Conference veteran, adding the call for azadi is a response to “continuous repression”. In an interview with Naseer Ganai, Dr Abdullah holds the ruling PDP responsible for the present crisis, as it formed the government with the BJP after having sought votes against the saffron party. The PDP’s “deception” is behind much of the current unrest in South Kashmir, he claims. Excerpts.

How do you see the current situation in Kashmir?

Well, that is before us to see. The present government has failed bitterly in restoring peace in the state. No development work has been undertaken. Whatever is here is what were done during the rule of Omar saheb (ex-CM Omar Abdullah, Farooq’s son). They are just...

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