I have no expectation at all: Farooq Abdullah on Rajnath Singh’s J&K

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today said he did not expect anything at all to come out of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Kashmir Valley.

“I have no expectation at all. He will come, he will meet as he had done before. He led a delegation of MPs (earlier). What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing happened and I expect nothing to happen now,” said Abdullah, the president of the opposition National Conference. ..

Abdullah said he would accept the NIA raids on separatists as “genuine” only if these actions throw up something against them.

“If it is only to harass them (separatists) so that they bow before them (government), I want to tell the NIA and the Government of India that no one here is ready to sell their beliefs,” he added.

On the steps taken by his National Conference for defending Article 35A of the Constitution which has been challenged by an NGO before the Supreme Court, the Lok Sabha member from Srinagar said his party had already prepared a team of lawyers for this purpose.

“I have also spoken to the lawyer. We will have a good representation of lawyers who will defend Article 35A,” he said.

Article 35A provides special rights to permanent citizens of the state.

On the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, Abdullah said it was the most tragic event “for us all who want to defend democracy, who want to defend against the communal tendencies that are emerging in the country.”

On the Rohingya issue, Abdullah said, “It is the most tragic event of the century where innocent people are being eliminated because of their religion. I want to raise this question to the United Nations Human Rights Commission — What are they doing ? Do not they see the murder of democracy and humanity?”

“I would request Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that she must work very hard to save these (Rohingya) people who are part of her country,” he added.