Farooq advocates amnesty for stone pelters

KL Report

SRINAGAR

President of the ruling National Conference Farooq Abdullah Thursday advocated for “general amnesty” to the “stone pelters” against whom cases are lodged in different police stations across Kashmir.

“Today, I met youth who were involved in stone pelting,” Farooq told reporters after addressing party convention. “They told me there are FIRs against them which should be withdrawn,” Farooq said.

He added, “They need to be given some sort of general amnesty.”

Farooq said the party’s apprehensions about the BJP government working towards abrogation of Article 370 have come true.

He said he had apprehensions that if BJP came to power, it will work towards abrogation of Article 370.

He told the gathering that during electioneering, he had warned people of the BJP’s designs of removing the Article from the Constitution which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir, party sources said.

They said the NC president blamed the lack of discipline among party leaders and workers and the disconnect between the party and the people as the main reason for the defeat in the Lok Sabha in which all the party candidates, including Abdullah, lost.

Abdullah told the party workers that there was disconnect between the people and the party members. He said the party is not run from the comfort of homes and the leaders have to connect with the people and listen to them.

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