Stop mistrusting Muslims: Farooq Abdullah

Stop mistrusting Muslims: Farooq Abdullah

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New Delhi, Nov 26: Slamming those who alleged that National Conference and PDP had been taking 'instructions' from Pakistan over participation in local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said it is high time people in general should stop mistrusting Muslims.

"We never get instructions from Pakistan.....and we have never taken instructions. When we decided not to take part in the local elections in Kashmir, it was because they are playing with Article 35 A and 370," Mr Abdullah said participating in a panel discussion on the occasion of launch of a new book "Fables of Fractured Times" penned by Congress Leader and former Union minister, Manish Tewari.

The remarks from National Conference stalwart came amid talk in many quarters alleging that National Conference and PDP got instructions from Pakistan not to participate in the local body polls.

In fact BJP leader Ram Madhav withdrew the charge after Farooq Abdullah's son Omar Abdullah denied the allegations and insisted for evidence from the BJP on the matter.

Former Chief minister slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using derogatory remarks against India's first Prime Minister Jawaharal Nehru and ignoring his contribution and achievements for the development of the country.

"Has he forgotten what Nehru did for the country?, said Abdullah.

"If we are here, it is because of the legacy that has been passed on to us. His (Modi's) conduct is just not becoming of the Prime Minister. I have never referred to my mother in my political speeches. What is he doing?" Abdullah asked.

Dr Abdullah said the congress would have done a good thing had it conferred the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He also said it would be in fitness of things to confer the same prestigious award on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who was also present on the occasion.

While praising former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr Abdullah said, " Even as Vajpayee came from the RSS background, he understood the fact that nation could not be run by one man." (UNI)