Srinagar: Terming Farooq Abdullah`s
statement that most of the people in Kashmir wanted to be with
India as "baseless" and "misleading", Moderate Hurriyat
Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq today said the Union
minister had made it to save his post and his party`s
government in Jammu and Kashmir.
"I feel ashamed that Abdullah, being a citizen of Jammu
and Kashmir made such a baseless and far-from-truth statement
in the Indian Parliament. The statement was made by him to
prove his loyalty to India, just to safeguard his interests
and perks besides saving his party`s government in the state",
the Mirwaiz said addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia
Masjid in old city.
Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Kashmir
situation, Union minister for New and Renewable Energy and
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah had contended that
most people of the state, including those living in areas
under Pakistan`s occupation, wanted to be with India.
Amidst slogans of "Shame, Shame", the Hurriyat leader
said it was unfortunate that Abdullah family that was "imposed
on the people and ruled the state for 60 years could not
understand the wishes and aspirations of the people here".
Ridiculing the statement of Abdullah, he said there
are people in India who knew the genesis of the Kashmir issue
and Abdullah acted as "more loyal than king" for petty
ministry and concessions.
"For God`s sake, stop exploiting Kashmiris", he said
referring to Abdullah and asserted that the Kashmiris`
struggle for "independence" would continue.