Farooq regrets vicious propaganda on autonomy
1 July 2000
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah Saturday described as unfortunate the voices on protest against the demand for autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir saying that most of these were based on misgivings and lack of appreciation of historic facts. ''We are not asking for the moon,'' Dr Abdullah said at a function after commissioning barge pump station at dal bund and inaugurating 4 mgd capacity filtration plant at Nishat.'' He hoped thorough perusal of the autonomy report would clear apprehensions in the minds of the people. ''If they are not ready even to restore our eroded autonomy, what else they have to offer to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,'' he asked. Taking a dig at former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for his counselling the centre for granting such dispensation only after talks with the Hurriyat leaders, Dr Abdullah said it was not important through whom the people get their rights. ''If gun culture ends in the state by ousting Farooq Abdullah, I will not stay even for a second,'' he said adding that ''the gun is controlled by Pakistan which is concentrating on Kashmir for the past 50-years.'' He said, ''Pakistan will not give up the gun. Talks, are necessary with Islamabad so that good sense prevails upon them,'' he added.