Farooq Abdullah slams PDP for allying with 'communal' BJP
Days after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned the stone pelters against interfering with army operations in Kashmir, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that people of the valley are disgruntled with state government allying with 'communal forces'.
Clearly aiming at the PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah told ANI that people would not tolerate this as late chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had promised that they would not side with 'communal forces'.
Speaking on India-Pakistan relations, the NC patriarch reiterated his stand that dialogue was the only solution.
Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had backed Rawat's comments that those obstructing anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir will face tough actions.
Rawat's comments had triggered a political stir with some parties saying that an Army Chief should not be making sensitive statements.
"We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism, displaying Islamic State and Pakistan flags , then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue," the Rawat had said earlier this month.
His statements came after civilians had hurled stones at the armed forces while they were conducting search operations in Pulwama district.
National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu had termed Rawat's remarks as 'tragic' and said the government should instead approach and engage with the youth of the militancy-hit Kashmir Valley.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said General Rawat's statement was a case of 'political immaturity'.