Kashmiris used to wear ‘Pheran’ even during height of militancy: Farooq Abdullah

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah has said that talks with Pakistan are necessary to eradicate terrorism.

President of the National Conference Farooq Abdullah said that friendship is of fundamental importance for development in the region and dialogue with Pakistan is essential to eradicate terrorism in the region.

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Farooq Abdullah said, “Terrorism still exists (in Jammu and Kashmir) contrary to the claims of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to crush terrorism. We need to talk to our neighbour if you want to end it. “

Farooq Abdullah also referred to the famous quote of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee which Vajpayee used to say after India’s nuclear test in 1998, “We can change our friends but not our neighbours.” “Either you strengthen friendship and prosperity or you maintain enmity, but it will not bring prosperity.”

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Referring to the deaths of two policemen in a terrorist attack on February 19, the former chief minister said, “This is the reality today. I urge the government to take the same approach as New Delhi has done in withdrawing its troops from Ladakh over the standoff with China. The army needs to be removed from Jammu and Kashmir in the same way. “

Defending his party’s decision to boycott the delimitation commission meeting, Farooq Abdullah said, “We have not accepted what he (the BJP government) did on August 5, 2019. How can we accept the new delimitation commission for Jammu and Kashmir when we have not accepted it. “

On August 5, 2019, the Central Government abolished the special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Centrally Administered Territories. Now the central government wants to redraw the parliamentary and assembly constituencies. The National Conference says the practice is illegal.

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Farooq Abdullah said, “I myself (as the Chief Minister) had postponed the demarcation move because the process of new demarcation in the country is to start in 2026. Why the need to start demarcation now? If it’s so important, why not demarcate the whole country instead of a few states? “

Farooq Abdullah, “If the government had started demarcation across India, the National Conference would have been happy to join it, but it is deliberately doing so only in Jammu and Kashmir, so we are against it.”

Farooq Abdullah lamented the demand of the Bajrang Dal to ban Kashmiris’ traditional dress’ pheran.

Farooq Abdullah said, “pheran is the identity of Kashmiris and if someone misuses it, the garment should not be defamed on the basis of it.” Can we stay? We have a bracelet inside it. Kashmiris used to wear it even during the height of militancy.

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