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Kashmir will remain with India: Farooq

PATNA: Senior National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah has said whatever the situation and circumstances, Kashmir will always remain with India. “Kashmir’s future is linked to the future of India,” he said while addressing a function at Anjuman Islamia Hall here on Sunday.

The Union new and renewable energy minister said Kashmiris and others were equally responsible for the situation in theValley.

“Pakistan creates mischiefs and troubles in the Valley and Muslims across India are seen with suspicion,” Abdullah lamented. He added that he always advised leaders of Pakistan to have cordial relations with India in the larger interest of the Indian Muslims. “Muslims face the consequences of the follies of Pakistan,” he said.

He was addressing a function organized jointly by the Shah Mushtaq Ahmad Memorial Committee and Urdu Council on “Future of Urdu in the Country”. Ahmad was a prominent leader of the Urdu movement and father of NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar.

Farooq said, “Communalism is still a big bane for us. Unfortunately, we could not make India of Gandhi’s dream. The germs of communalism in the mind of Indians will take time to be eliminated fully.”

“Muslims are victims of vote bank politics. Due to disunity and differences, representation of the community is dwindling in Parliament and state assemblies,” the former J7K CM said. He also rued the deplorable condition of Urdu language in the country.

Abdullah said he would consult all Urdu-speaking MPs and raise the issue in the coming budget session of Parliament. “For the promotion of Urdu, I am ready to lead a delegation to the Prime Minister and request him to take up the Urdu issue at the chief ministers’ conference,” he announced.

He said although Urdu suffered a lot due to Partition, still there was a huge population in India which speaks the language. He called for a movement to get the language its rights.

Earlier, famous Urdu poet Mallikzada Manzoor Ahmad from Lucknow also stressed on a sustained movement saying without exerting pressure in democratic set up, nothing could be achieved. He moved a resolution demanding Urdu be given status of the second official language of the country.


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