Farooq Abdullah stirs yet another controversy; calls Kashmir stone-pelters ‘Nationalists’

SRINAGAR, April 5: Former Union Minister and National Conference Working President Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that youth pelting stones on government forces were “sacrificing lives” for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

He was reacting to the recent remark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he had asked the youth of Kashmir to choose “either terrorism or tourism”.

Youth pelting stones sacrificing lives for Kashmir, not tourism: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference (NC) president and former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that those who pelt stones are just fighting for the nation and have nothing to do with tourism.

“Our fight is against those people who want to divide us on the basis of religion. I want to tell Modi saheb that tourism is our life no doubt about that, but a stone pelter has nothing to do with tourism. They (stone pelters) will risk starvation, but will throw stones for the nation that’s what we need to understand,” Farooq Abdullah told the party workers.

He further said if India and Pakistan cannot resolve their issues, then America should come forward and facilitate as third party to resolve issues between the two countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Udhampur on 2 April 2017, told the Kashmiri youth that their choice lies between Tourism and Terrorism, in a way to say that it is the youth who can choose their destiny, either for good or bad.

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