‘I hope incidents like civilian deaths will not be repeated’ : Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, Dec 27 (UNI) National Conference President and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said he has no expectation from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s Jammu visit.

“I have no expectations from the Defence Minister’s Jammu visit. Can they bring back the dead? I only hope that incidents like the civilian deaths in Poonch will not be repeated, ” the former Chief Minister of J&K told reporters in south Kashmir’s Kulgam.

He said Rajnath Singh will inquire about the death of three civilians, when and how they were killed and will try to visit the victim families to console and balm their wounds.

Three civilians died allegedly in Army’s custody after militants ambushed Army vehicles at Poonch in which four soldiers were killed last week.

Rajnath on Wednesday visited Rajouri where he interacted with soldiers and took stock of the security situation in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi launching a new yatra from Imphal , Abdullah said the Congress leader was trying to unite the whole country.

“Rahul is trying to erase the hatred which has been spread in the name of religion in India. We were part of the yatra earlier and will remain,” the NC President said.

On the J&K turning like Gaza analogy, Abdullah asked what will happen if there is no friendship between the two neighbouring countries India-Pakistan.

“China is already sitting on our borders and if war breaks out on where will be the bombs fall”, he questioned.

Farooq again invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who said that neighbours cannot be changed but friends can be changed.

“The present PM also said that this is an era when war cannot resolve issues but talks can. We will pray that such time comes and talks happen,” he added.

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