Srinagar: Peoples Conference led by Sajad Lone on Monday said that the hands of NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah are “drenched with the blood of thousands of innocent Kashmiris”, who had lost their lives due to the party’s “insatiable thirst for power at any cost”.
In a statement, a spokesman of PC said that Abdullah should introspect as to how the costs of his “treachery, rank opportunism and ideological ambiguity” have been borne by the people of Kashmir over past many decades.
“The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose Farooq Abdullah on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now,” it said.
“He walked over thousands of dead bodies to again assume power in 1996,” the spokeperson said and added, “That was the second mass murder he committed. There is still no closure to the 1987 rigging. The violence which started after the rigging is yet to end.”
“Farooq Abdullah might not believe us but he must ask his newfound friend – the PDP about NC’s role in pushing Kashmir’s youth towards militancy. As PDP has repeatedly reminded Farooq Abdullah in the recent past (Including statements from Mehbooba Mufti) – it was he who was responsible for creating the Syed Salahuddins of Kashmir. His newfound allies have – on numerous occasions – said this on the floor of the assembly and this is not far from the truth”, the spokesman said. “Maybe it is time for the PDP also to spell out whether they still believe that 1987 rigged elections were one of the main causes of drift towards violence, which is yet to end.”
The spokesman said that many attempts were made prior to 1987 to bring in the gun into Kashmir but failed. “1987 rigging scripted the conduciveness and the receptiveness for gun in Kashmir. And now they have the audacity to accuse those who were victims of rigging,” the spokesman said, adding that the rigging of 1987 was done to protect the dynastic rule of the Abdullahs at an unimaginable cost of pushing a peaceful heaven like Kashmir into the vortex of violence and the present show of togetherness exhibited by NC and PDP is yet again an attempt to protect the old and the new dynasty.
The spokesman said that Farooq Abdullah’s promises on defending Article 370 in an alliance with the PDP and the Congress were ridiculous. “NC has been an ever-ready accomplice in the erosion of the State’s special status. They have overtly and covertly facilitated every machination and intrigue hatched against the State. The same Congress that he wanted to ally with recently and has allied with on numerous occasions in the past – has written and enacted every single script of erosion of article 370 and disempowerment in the State. As for the PDP — the same NC told us that PDP was an ‘RSS Trojan Horse’ till yesterday and that the PDP was recruited to weaken the State from within. One wonders how things suddenly changed for Farooq Abdullah and how he expects the people to believe that his party’s desperation against an alternative political force is somehow purportedly a valiant fight for the State’s special status?”, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said NC and PDP are good separatists when out of power and corrupt mainstreamers when in power. “As far as this rhetoric about restoration of Autonomy is concerned – NC was never serious about Autonomy and remembers Autonomy in seasonal circles when it is out of power. While in power the party becomes an absolute unionist in its outlook as humanly possible. NC has been a co-architect in the erosion of Article 370. As demanded by Omar Abdullah in the past – let there be white paper on the turmoil in Kashmir. Let there be a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and let us fix responsibility for the pain and suffering our people have endured. Let us tell the people when Article 370 was eroded and who was responsible”, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said Farooq Abdullah’s ridiculous statement that he will ‘expose’ more of our ‘deeds’ at the appropriate time indicates his desperation and anxiety at the rise of Peoples Conference.
“We haven’t even disclosed 2% of his misdeeds, brazen cases of corruption, complicity in injustices against Kashmir and atrocities against its people.The day we decide to do so would be a very ominous day for National Conference and its Twitter Vice President as well – who is stoically lording over estates and wealth of thousands of crores earned on the graves of our people”.