National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah Monday said people who disrespect India’s national anthem must “face consequences.”
He was responding to a media query about two students who were booked by the police after they did not stand up as the national anthem was sung during a function at the Baba Badshah Ghulam Shah University in Rajouri a few days ago.
“Honour to the nation is important and national anthem is most honourable,” Farooq said, adding the government should take action against the duo unless they apologise and give an undertaking that they would not repeat it.
Abdullah, who had recently said Pakistan-administered Kashmir was not a part of India, said he only told facts and that what he spoke was the “truth”.
“They (Centre and BJP) are talking about raising flag in PoK. I ask them first you go and raise the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. They can’t even do that here and they are talking about PoK,” he said.
“If you don’t like to hear the truth, then live in the untruth. The truth is that (PaK) is not our part and this (J&K) is not their part. That is the truth,” Abdullah said while speaking to reporters after paying floral tributes to Congress leader and MP the late GL Dogra on his 30th death anniversary.
Asked whether he was not hurting the “Indian sentiment” by making such comments, he retorted, asking “what is Indian sentiment? You think I am not an Indian? Whose sentiments are you talking about? Those crooks who don’t see our miseries, who don’t see the miseries of our border people? How they suffer when shelling starts?”
(Featured photo: Farooq Abdullah speaks to reporters in Jammu on Monday/ ANI)