'Pak Dumped Kashmir Into India’s Lap'10 January 2011
Srinagar: Denouncing the charges of “betrayal” levelled against Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah by Syed Ali Shah Geelani as a “white lie,” the National Conference today said that the history of Kashmir would have been totally different today had Pakistan not invaded the state in 1947. “Pakistan is responsible for dumping Kashmir into India’s lap by using its army and tribal militias to invade the land,” senior NC leader and brother of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Dr. Mustafa Kamaal said today. Rejecting Geelani’s charge that Sheikh Abdullah had betrayed Kashmiris, Dr. Kamaal said that the accusation was baseless and far from the truth. “The late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah freed the Kashmiri nations from centuries of slavery and gave them the right to free speech and writing, for which he had to spend the golden years of life in jail and exile,” Dr. Kamaal said. “It was because of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s herculean efforts that the state embarked on the path of progress and development. If this is betrayal, then how does one keep faith?” he said. “Syed Ali Shah Geelani knows full well that Pakistan is responsible for throwing Kashmir into India’s lap by its tribal invasion,” he said. “Mr Geelani will achieve nothing by his tirades against Sheikh Abdullah. He harbours hatred, rancour and envy against the Sheikh and the National Conference, and these sentiments are un-Islamic,” he said. “These negative emotions erode the human spirit,” he said. Asserting that Sheikh Abdullah’s endeavours to give relief to the people had been “historic and revolutionary,” Dr. Kamaal said that his father had not made decisions alone but in full collaboration with the masses, of which the “totally fair and transparent elections of 1977 are an example.” “When the Sheikh passed away in 1982, millions of people joined in his mourning,” he said. “If Mr Geelani wants to bring relief to the people, he will have to shun his present tendencies and strategies,” he said.