Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah courted controversy when he said that Kashmiri youths are sacrificing their lives for freedom. He pointed out that the boys are joining hands with the militants because they want freedom for their land, Kashmir. Abdullah was speaking at the Nawa-e-Subh party headquarters in Srinagar, where party workers had gathered for a meeting.
“Today, when our boys are rendering sacrifices, they are not aspiring to become MLAs, MPs or ministers. They are giving sacrifices to demand their right: ‘this is our land and we are its rightful owners’.” said Abdullah. He reminded party workers that they should never forget the sacrifices made by Kashmiri youth. “These boys have left. Everyone lives life, nobody wants to die. But they have made promise with God that You are the sole giver and taker of life. But we will sacrifice our life for the freedom of this nation,” said Abdullah.
Abdullah also criticized India and Pakistan, saying that they have not done anything for Kashmiris. “India and Pak are not able to understand this. This fight started in 1931. We are not anybody’s enemy. But we are asking both the countries to do justice with us. You forgot promises made in 1948,” said Abdullah.