SRINAGAR, FEB 11 : National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Monday called Minister of State Jitendra Singh a “Pakistani” after the latter said that it was the tendency of Kashmiri politicians to speak in the language of Pakistan when they are out of power. Singh said that the tendency was not restricted to just one party in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I have said this before that since decades, it has been the tendency of Kashmir-based politicians that they call Kashmir an integral part of India when in power and raise questions on the identity of Kashmir and begin seeing positives in Pakistan and their government when out of power,” the minister said.
“This is not restricted to only one party, the PDP. National Conference has shown the same character. When Farooq Abdullah was the CM, he used to complain to the Centre that why the terrors are camps in PoK not bombed? We all know what he is saying now when he is not in power,” Singh added.
An angry Farooq Abdullah responded to the minister’s remarks by saying that it was not him but people like the minister who were “Pakistani”. “Aise log hain Pakistani, ye Jitendra Singh jaise, Farooq Abdullah nahi hai. Such people have come to power by lying,” he said.
Questioning Singh’s credentials as a minister, Abdullah asked: “What has Jitendra Singh got? What minister is he? What work has he done? Holding a ministerial post and talking is a different matter but he should also have something to show. Tell me when did I say 'we are not Indians'?”.
Farooq Abdullah while talking to the media, he said that Kashmir issue is a political issue; it can be resolved only by meeting it, till the issue will not be resolved.
"Until then stability will not come. There cannot be stability in Jammu and Kashmir at any time during the current central government. The government will not be ready for talks. In the coming days, a strong government will be formed under the leadership of the Maha coalition which will try to resolve this issue. And of course this issue will solve", he added. (PTK)