Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that Kashmiri youths need to choose between tourism and terrorism, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah today said that the stone-pelting youths in Kashmir are sacrificing lives for the resolution of Kashmir issue and not to promote tourism in the state. While speaking at an election meeting in Sonawar constituency, Abdullah said, “If he is giving up his life, he is not doing it for tourism. He is giving his life so that the destiny of this nation is decided which should be acceptable to the people of this place. This needs to be understood.”
Abdullah agreed to PM Modi’s statement that tourism is the lifeline of Kashmir, but he said that stone pelters are a different breed and they don’t have anything to do with tourism. He said that these youths starve often and yet they continue to throw stones since they dream of a nation and its freedom. It may be recalled that Abdullah is contesting the by-election to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. The polling for the same will be held on April 9.