Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik Saturday took a jibe at National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for advocating autonomy as a solution to the Kashmir issue.
“Kashmiris have not sacrificed thousands of lives for so-called fragile, absurd and ridiculous autonomy under which the Prime Minster of that time who was Farooq Abdullah sahib’s own father was handcuffed by an ordinary policeman and thrown into jail for 11 long years,” Malik said in a statement.
He was reacting to remarks made by Abdullah earlier today in which he had said that those advocating azadi for Kashmir were wrong as the landlocked region was surrounded by three nuclear powers— India, China and Pakistan.
Abdullah had said that India and Pakistan should grant “autonomy” to the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir under their control.
“Farooq Abdullah has always played non-serious and selfish politics. Kashmiris never take his words and personality seriously,” Malik said, terming the former chief minister’s statement as “absurd and non-serious.”
“People of Jammu Kashmir are fully aware of his irresponsible character, his non-seriousness and the level to which he can stoop down for his selfish gains and because of these facts no one takes his statements seriously.”
Malik said that Farooq and his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah had used Kashmir’s freedom struggle for their political gains.
“In fact Farooq Abdullah and his late Father has been doing politics in the name of freedom of Kashmir for a long time and it was he who in 1974 from Lal Chowk Srinagar floated the slogan of “Choen Daish Mouen Daish Kashur Daish Kashur Daish” (Your nation my nation is Kashmiri nation Kashmiri nation) and even participated in pro-freedom rallies in Mirpur Azad Kashmir,” he said.