Farooq Abdullah’s controversial statement: ‘India is involved in its neighbours’ tragedy as much as they are’

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Published: January 15, 2018 1:36:47 PM

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that India has been involved in the tragedy of its 'neighbours'.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that India has been involved in the tragedy of its 'neighbours'. While saying India didn’t divide Pakistan, Abdullah said both New Delhi and its neighbours have been a part of each other’s tragedies.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that India has been involved in the tragedy of its ‘neighbours’. While saying India didn’t divide Pakistan, Abdullah said both New Delhi and its neighbours have been a part of each other’s tragedies. “Our neighbour has its own hates. They think we have divided Pakistan by taking Bangladesh. We were not dividers. The tragedy was in the country itself. It was not our creation. That is the tragedy we still face,” Farooq Abdullah in Jammu on Sunday. “..And don’t say we are not involved in their tragedy. As much as they are involved in our tragedy, we are also involved in their tragedies. It’s not one-sided,” he added.

He further said “enemy of the nation” was not across the border but within ourselves who is “trying to divide us”. Abdullah added that a “united fight” was the only way forward in bringing long-lasting peace in the Valley. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also advocated “modernisation” of madrasas. He said there is a necessity that madrassas teach Science and English as well. The young children need to be educated in a modern way so that they not only serve their community, but serve outside their communities as well, he said.

“Therefore, it is essential that madrassa education must be modernised,” he said. Abdullah made his remarks at a day-long seminar ‘Bridging the Divide’ organised here by the Epilogue magazine. The member of parliament also noted that war was not a solution to any issue. “War has never been a solution. I have always said talks are the only way forward,” he said.

Abdullah said many measures have been taken over the years to tackle the Kashmir problem, but they “failed” as both Pakistan and India made it an issue only during elections.

“We have to sit to solve this issue…we are suffering and continue to suffer. We are all Indians, irrespective of our religion, creed, caste, religion. Any further division of this nation will cause destruction. Our enemy is not across the border, our enemy is within ourselves who is trying to divide us on various issues,” he said.

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