Farooq Abdullah slams Geelani hours before Zubin Mehta's concert

Farooq Abdullah slams Geelani
Srinagar, Sept 7: Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Saturday criticised separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for raising objections to renowned conductor Zubin Mehta's Ehsaas-e-Kashmir' (Feel of Kashmir) concert in Srinagar.

Abdullah, asked the Hurriyat leader, "What is Hurriyat? Does it want to destroy Kashmir? Who is Hurriyat to oppose? Do they want Kashmir to become like Pakistan where people are killed every day?"

His reactions come a day after music composer Zubin Mehta arrived in the country for his performance in Srinagar on Saturday. Meta was awarded the prestigious Tagore Award on Friday.

Mehta faced strong opposition from separatists and members of the civil society against his concert. Inspite of that Mehta and the organisers went ahead and performed in Srinagar at the Shalimar gardens.

Abdullah: "Seperatist people are selective."

Abdullah added saying that these (separatists) people are selective. This is not the first music concert in Kashmir. "If music is anti-Islam, against the issue of Kashmir, how come Junoon came and performed here," he said.

His son Omar Abdullah also supported the concert saying that music is in our culture and saying that it is against our ethos, will be wrong.

The concert, that was held began amidst tight security and was telecasted in 30 European countries.

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