Stone-pelters will risk starvation but will throw stones for the nation, says ex-J&K CM Farooq Abdullah
Violent mobs in Kashmir have taken to stone pelting and grenade throwing, while forces have retaliated with tear gas shells and pellets. Photograph: (Getty)
Former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah today said that those who pelt stones are just fighting for the nation and have nothing to do with tourism.
"Our fight is against those people who want to divide us on the basis of religion. I want to tell Modi saheb that tourism is our life no doubt about that, but a stone-pelter has nothing to do with tourism. They (stone-pelters) will risk starvation, but will throw stones for the nation that's what we need to understand," the National Conference president said.
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BJP MP T Chhewang from Ladakh immediately reacted to Abdullah's statement declaring, "Stone-pelters are not innocent, I condemn Farooq Abdullah's statement."
"When stone-pelters stop security forces from working, it is an act of war," T Chhewang said.
The ex-J&K chief minister went a step further while addressing party workers, adding, "if India and Pakistan cannot resolve their issues, then America should come forward and facilitate as third-party to resolve issues between the two countries."
(WION with agency inputs)