Army Needed In J&K In Wake Of Al-Qaeda Threat: Farooq

Army Needed In J&K In Wake Of Al-Qaeda Threat: Farooq

11 January 2014
Kashmir Times


New Delhi: The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah defended the presence of army in the troubled state and said that army is needed in the wake of Al-Qaeda threat. Farooq Abdullah countered Prashant Bhushan's claim and said that the AAP leader does not have full knowledge about Kashmir. Farooq stated that Kashmir faces continuous threat from China and al-Qaeda and hence army's presence is required. The former CM however reasoned that army should be removed from places where it is not required. Three days, Omar Abdullah had also advocated had reduction in the number of forces in the state. Reduction of the footprint of security forces and phased revocation of AFSPA doesn't need a referendum, just a courageous statesman to decide, the CM had tweeted. Recently, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan had call for a referendum on Kashmir asking for the removal of armed forces. Opposing Bhushan's demand, Omar Abdullah said that removal of armed forces is based on a decision and does not require a referendum. 'Governments get a mandate to govern and decide, they don't need to conduct a referendum before every tricky decision. Leaders must lead, Omar had tweeted. Farooq Abdullah rules out alliance with NDA, says Vajpayee era was different.