Azad meets ‘friend’ Farooq, demands restoration of statehood
Srinagar, Mar 14: A day after he was released from
detention, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah met senior
Congress leader and former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Saturday.
The duo jointly addressed media persons at Abdullah’s Gupkar
Azad, who specifically travelled to Kashmir from Delhi to
meet Farooq, said that the key of development for Jammu and Kashmir is not in
putting the leaders here in detention, but the mission can only be carried out
after the leaders are released and a political process is initiated.
Abdullah didn’t talk to media persons, but said that he spoke to the media
persons on Friday and will allow only Azad to speak.
“It is the happiest moment for me that after seven months I have met Farooq
sahab who remained under detention. Even after Farooq Sahab was released, we
still don’t know the reasons why he was detained in the first place,” said Azad
during the presser.
He also demanded restoration of statehood to Jammu and
The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said that carving the
erstwhile J&K State into the Union Territory was an “insult” to the people
He added that detention was for those who violated laws or were involved
in “anti-national and anti-government activities.”
“But in wake of abrogation of Article 370, many leaders
irrespective of their affiliation with any party were put under detention.
Therefore, there is no question of any violation by these leaders,” he said.
Azad said he met Farooq as a friend and a leader from other party.
He added that he also met him on behalf of those who raised
voice against the detention of these leaders since August last year either in
parliament or at different platforms.
“The love and friendship with Abdullah was the reason behind
meeting him today,” Azad said, adding that he has informed him about the
developments that took place during the period of his detention.
“I know what difficulties you have faced,” Azad told Abdullah in front of
media persons, adding that “keeping in view of his age and health, putting
Abdullah under detention was nothing but excess from the government.”
“With the initiation of political process, the elections should also be
held and those who will be elected by the people can take decisions regarding the
development in a better way,” he said.
He added that in last three years, all the development process in Jammu
and Kashmir has come to a grinding halt and with this, the locals are
sufferings, adding that almost every sector including tourism, Handcraft others
not only in Kashmir but in Jammu too has got badly affected.
Azad said all this damage can be repaired by releasing these leaders and
initiating a political process.