J&K People’s Conference (PC) president Sajad Gani Lone, while taking a dig at the National Conference leadership, on yesterday stated that it was ironic that the robbers of 1987 had the gall to talk about interference in the election in J&K.

Responding to the statement of National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah’s recent statement about interference in elections, PC president said, “Farooq Abdullah has no moral right to talk about rigging or interference in elections as he has been the biggest benefactor of rigged elections.”

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“Farooq Abdullah should leave the role of talking about the interference of institutions in the electoral process to us since we have been victims of rigging and he has been the benefactor. My father was the victim of rigging in 1987. Thousands of Kashmiris – young and old – are in graves because of the consequences of 1987 rigging,” he added.

Reacting to the statement of Omar Abdullah on withdrawal of residential accommodations and security from political leaders, Sajad said, “I condemn the administration’s decision to withdraw security and accommodation from political leaders.”

“We should not only condemn such actions by the current administration but also condemn similar actions by the governments in the last 30 years. Security has been used as a security tool today and in the past. We should not be selective in our condemnation. We should not allow anybody to go scot free. If Omar Abdullah feels, and rightly so, that security is being used as a political tool, he should acknowledge and apologise for doing the same during NC regimes,” he said.