Farooq Abdullah takes dig at Parrikar, says Kashmiris facing bullets in fight for pride


Jammu, Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that Kashmiri youths were ready to face bullets in their fight for pride, not for mere Rs 500 notes.

He was reacting to remarks of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who said that protests had ended in Kashmir with the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Addressing a public rally in Bhaderwah town of Doda district, Abdullah asked: “Did they (Centre) think that Kashmiri youth comes out to face the bullets for a 500 or 1000 note? Has any minister seen Rs 500 being distributed for throwing stones?

He said that these ministers don’t know about the ground reality of Kashmir valley. “There is no peace and they (Kashmiris) are ready to go to any extent, even face the bullets,” he said.

Abdullah was accompanied by party working president Omar Abdullah and several other senior leaders.

“Today Kashmiri youth is not ready to listen to his elders, not even his father and is of the strong opinion that he himself has to take the charge of ongoing struggle. Believe me, he wants complete freedom and for that, he is not afraid and ready to take bullets on his bare chest,” Abdullah said.