Kashmir's stone pelters are just fighting for nation: Farooq Abdullah

Kashmir's stone pelters are just fighting for nation: Farooq Abdullah

"New Delhi is obligated to be proactive in seeking a just, fair and acceptable solution to the Kashmir Issue and had they been forthcoming and keen in talking bilaterally, the question of worldwide mediation would not have been raised today", Abdullah said.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent plea to "misguided" Kashmiri youngsters - to choose between tourism or terrorism - Abdullah said, "If he (stone pelting youth) is giving up his life, he is not doing it for tourism".

Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat had recently warned that youngsters found pelting stones during anti-terrorist operations would also be treated as terrorists. "He (stone thrower) will die of hunger, but he will continue to throw stones for nation", he told his party workers.

He was also quoted by news agency PTI as saying that those who pelt stones are fighting for the nation, and have nothing to do with tourism.

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Abdullah is contesting from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency as a candidate for the NC-Congress alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. I want to tell Modi saheb that tourism is our life no doubt about that, but a stone-pelter has nothing to do with tourism. The polling in the constituency will be held on April 9. "It is Allah who is providing the livelihood to the people irrespective of their religions", he said. "This needs to be understood". Even Farooq Abdullah himself sang their bhajans.

Welcoming the USA offer of mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue, Dr Abdullah said if India doesn't take the dialogue to "logical conclusion", then his party, National Conference, will urge the United States to get involved to prevent a nuclear war.

Meanwhile, Abdullah welcomed USA offer of mediation in resolving the issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

He, however, added that America wanted to act as moderator between two neighboring countries in resolving the Kashmir issue but alleged India has always expressed "reluctance" in involving them over the issue.

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