Farooq Dares Geelani: ‘Protests Will Burn Kashmir’22 August 2011
Srinagar: Union Minister for New and renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah Monday dared Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani to launch his scheduled peaceful agitation after Eid. The veteran pro-freedom leader has threatened protests in case political detainees are not released before Eid-ul-Fitr. “Some people have threatened to call for agitation after Eid. Let them do it. The protests will burn Kashmir and take along those who are calling for it,” Farooq said at a function here after inaugurating Floating Post Office-Museum, alongwith Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and Union Minister for IT and Communication, Sachin Pilot. He said the agitation results in sufferings for vendors and small business owners. “It will have no impact on me. People should think before taking any step. We have no industry here and our only industry is this (Dal Lake),” said Abdullah who is also president of ruling National Conference. About the situation in Kashmir, Abdullah said uncertainty still looms large over the region. “Country is passing through a difficult phase. There is still danger in Kashmir and it will continue for sometime. It has not averted yet,” he said, adding one good tourist season does not mean situation has changed for good. He said a parliamentary delegation from neighbouring Pakistan visited New Delhi recently and interacted with their counterparts. “A good beginning has been made. We hope it will continue,” he said. On power sector Abdullah said people should pay power tariffs. “I fear the day might come when the electric supply will be snapped to consumers. The state witnesses 60 percent of electricity pilferage by people. How can we set up Baghliar-II power project and get back Uri-II,” he said. He asked BSNL authorities to improve its services in the state especially mobile and landline services. Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Minister, Nawang Rigzin Zora said the floating Post Office-Museum will add to the beauty of the Dal Lake. He said tourists needed to be provided good services so that they carry happy memories along with them. The Post office, he said, will be beneficial for tourists and Dal dwellers.