National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah alleged that Peoples Conference (PC) founder Abdul Ghani Lone was responsible for militancy in Kashmir.
Lone is the father of PC chairman Sajad Ghani Lone, who last month claimed stake for government formation with the support of BJP. However, Governor Satya Pal Malik dismissed the Assembly after receiving another claim for government formation from Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti.
“After the then Governor Jagmohan dismissed me as the chief minister of the state (in 1984), he (Mr Lone) came to me and told me that he is crossing to other side of the border and will bring gun from there,” Dr Farooq told reporters at Baramulla on Sunday.
Dr Farooq alleged that Mr Lone then went across and brought gun here. “He is responsible for militancy in Kashmir valley,” the NC president alleged.
He said if he will disclose everything about Mr Lone, Sajjad, his son will not be able to reply.
When insisted to reveal these charges, former chief minister Dr Abdullah said he will tell everything before Sajjad who has to reply then.
Dr Abdullah said autonomy was the only answer to the Kashmir issue. However, when a reporter said that New Delhi has rejected the NC resolution in 2006, Dr Abdullah said they cannot deny and they have to grant autonomy to people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Urging the New Delhi and Islamabad to replicate the spirit of Kartarpur Corridor in Jammu and Kashmir, he said governments of both the neighbouring countries should open the traditional routes between them.
“I urge the India and Pakistan to open the traditional routes between the two countries. This initiative will not only help boost the economic activities on both sides of the border, but will also help rekindle the flame of friendship between the two neighbouring countries,” he said.
He said people to people contact and other Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) can go a long way in doing away with the mistrust.
Referring to the alteration being done in the structure and working of various institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, he urged the Governor administration to rollback the SAC decision of converting J&K Bank into a PSU.