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Sajjad Lone's father 'brought gun' to Valley: Farooq Abdullah

ANI  |  Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] 

Conference (NC) has accused the father of People's Sajjad Lone, Lone, of "bringing gun culture" to the Valley.

Abdullah further revealed that he requested Sajjad's father to drop the idea but it all went in vain.

"His (Sajjad Lone's) father came to me when (then and Governor) Jagmohan dismissed me (in 1984). He (Abdul Ghani) said 'I am going to Pakistan, I am going to get the gun'," said during a on Sunday.

"With folded hands, I told him not to get the gun here. I told him our jawans will be killed, our homes, our villages, our cities will be destroyed, don't bring the gun. But he brought the gun. When he came back, he apologised to me saying he did a mistake and (he should) not have brought the gun."

While talking about his party's support to the People's (PDP) of Mehbooba Mufti to form the government in the state, the former said that the support was extended only to save the Article 35A and Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

"We didn't want to form the government because we wanted to enjoy power, but we wanted to protect all that which the is doing now. We wanted to defend Article 35A. The government would not have sustained for long. It was to be toppled one day and elections had to be held," Abdullah said.

"PDP, NC, and have different paths but we came together. Why? You see the condition in which is today. It would never have been the case had our government been there. We also want to save Article 35A and Article 370," he added.

He stressed that 'autonomy' is the right of and and the state will take its autonomy. He reiterated his stance that occupied (PoK) is under while rest of and Kashmir is under

Article 370 of the Indian Constitution gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir while Article 35A of the Constitution empowers to define "permanent residents" of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 09:20 IST
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