Malik Was Tortured On Farooq’s Orders: Sajad Lone

SRINAGAR — Peoples’ Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone Friday castigated National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s remarks in support of incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik.  

 “Do you really have the nerve to be talking about Yasin Malik? Was it not you as chief minister who imprisoned him before and after 1987 elections? Was it not you as chief minister who ordered his third-degree torture? Was it not you as chief minister who put a bounty of a few lakhs on his head? Have you forgotten all that? And 32 years later you are all praises for Yasin Malik and congratulating him for going on a hunger strike and his readiness to sacrifice his life,” Lone said in  a statement.

“ If you are so much in love with what Yasin Malik is doing, why don’t you suggest the same to your son Omar Abdullah? Why doesn’t he go on a hunger strike and render a sacrifice as you suggest for Yasin Malik? Or are sacrifices only meant for other people’s sons?” he asked.

Sajad said that Farooq Abdullah is singularly responsible for “forcing gun on  peace -loving Kashmiri people.”

“Let me remind you that Yasin Malik was a part of the 1987 elections as a young member of the MUF. He was imprisoned after the rigging of 1987 elections and badly tortured. Had people like him been allowed to flourish, he may have been today where your son Omar Abdullah is,” Lone said.

He said Malik spent decades in jails, Farooq and his son “prospered.”

“Yasin was no doubt rebellious even as a young college going student but had not lost faith in the ballot. It was your government which rigged the elections so blatantly that Yasin and scores of others lost faith in the ballot and embraced the gun. That was the start and till date approximately one lakh Kashmiris have lost their lives, and you and your ilk continue to flourish. What a shame. Delhi should also take note that as long as they go on treating the symptoms the disease will persist and never go away,” he said.

Lone said that instead of punishing  “victims” of the rigged 1987 elections, Delhi should go after “white-collar killers like Farooq Abdullah if they really want a change.”

“I dare Delhi that if you really want a change in Kashmir, if you really have what it takes to bring about a change, go after these white-collar killers like Farooq Abdullah. It is he who is singularly responsible for forcing gun on to the peace loving Kashmiri people. The day Delhi starts to punish the traditional elite for their sins there will be a visible change in Kashmir”, he added.


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