• People of Kashmir would suffer heavily due to their unpredictable nature • India, Pakistan played with the emotions of Kashmiris
Srinagar, Sep 8: National Conference president and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah Sunday said his father and party founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was the most misunderstood leader among people in Jammu and Kashmir.
“There are different opinions about my father among general public. But I can tell you for sure that they couldn’t understand him and his ideology as he was very complex personality,” he said at a book release function organized by Gulshan Books here.
The publication house released English translation of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s autobiography titled ‘The Blazing Chinar’.
Farooq said his father chose prison rather than comprising on his principles. “Some of his ideas and emotions expressed by him on his personal dairies were lost in jail as government seized them. Those ideas couldn’t be included in his autobiography.”
The NC leader said Sheikh Abdullah served people of J&K at a time when India wanted him to be their leader.
“Sheikh Sahib remained a personification of perfection who showed right path to people. He lifted them from misery and helped them to live respectably,” Farooq said.
He said ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’ wanted to bring Kashmiris out of sufferings but his sacred motive got diluted as people failed to understand it.
“He has predicted that people in Kashmir would one day suffer heavily as his belief was that Kashmiri people are unpredictable who never follow the same path,” Farooq said.
“We are a strange nation as people here change loyalties like they change dress. They hardly stick to one ideology.”
Farooq said communalism would engulf J&K one day as communal tension is spreading with every passing day. “Every one of us needs to work for peace and unity to prevent division among people on the basis of religion.”
Lashing out at India and Pakistan, he said both the countries played with the emotions of Kashmiri people for their own interests. “They think we Kashmiris are herd.”
Farooq said the arrival of militancy in Kashmir brought misery to the people. “Kashmir was a paradise but the movement started in nineties by some disgruntled people brought misery to the people of Kashmir. My father has also predicted this nation will suffer and today I think he was correct.”
Among others, Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Chairperson, J&K Women Development Corporation Shamima Firdous, besides legislators Nasir Aslam Wani, Jehangir Mir and Dr. Mustafa Kamal besides senior officers of civil and police administration were also present on the occasion.
Farooq was accompanied by his wife Molly and daughter Safiya. His sisters Khalida Shah and Suraya Matoo were also present. Khalida was accompanied by her son Muzaffar Shah.