SRINAGAR, NOV 11—-Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Saturday said that Kashmiris haven’t given sacrifices for “so-called autonomy under which a Prime Minister was thrown into jail for eleven years”.
He was reacting to the remarks of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in which he had said that “independent Kashmir was not a reality” and that Kashmiris should be granted internal autonomy.
“Farooq Abdullah has always played non-serious and selfish politics. Kashmiris never take his words and personality seriously,” said Malik, in a statement, issued today.
Terming the statement of Abdullah as “absurd and non-serious”, Malik said that to remain in news Farooq Abdullah always issues controversial statements like these. “… but people of Jammu Kashmir are fully aware of his irresponsible character, his non-seriousness and the level to which he can stoop down for his selfish gains and because of these facts no one takes his statements seriously.”
Malik said that Farooq and his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah have been doing politics in the name of Kashmir’s freedom for a long time.
“In fact Farooq Abdullah and his late Father has been doing politics in the name of freedom of Kashmir for a long time and it was he who in 1974 from Lal Chowk Srinagar floated the slogan of “Choen Daish Mouen Daish Kashur Daish Kashur Daish” (Your nation my nation is Kashmiri nation Kashmiri nation) and even participated in pro-freedom rallies in Mirpur Azad Kashmir,” said Malik, in the statement.
He claimed that they shunned the “path of freedom and sacrificed the interests of Kashmiris for their lust of power” to serve their own “selfish benefits”.
Rejecting the idea of so-called autonomy for Jammu Kashmir, Malik said that Kashmiris have not sacrificed thousands of lives for a “so-called fragile, absurd and ridiculous autonomy under which a prime minster of time who luckily was Farooq Abdullah sahib’s own father was handcuffed by an ordinary police man and thrown into jail for 11 long years.”
Advising Farooq Abdullah to shun his “political joker-like approach and assume some seriousness”, Malik said that resistance will continue till the achievement of the desired goal.