Bi­har court or­ders FIR against Fa­rooq on charges of trea­son

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BETIAH (BI­HAR): A court in Bi­har’s Bet­tiah, ad­min­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters of the West Cham­paran district, on Mon­day or­dered fil­ing of an FIR against Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah on charges of trea­son for his pro-Pak­istan state­ment on Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK).

The court passed the or­ders af­ter a lawyer ap­proached the court over Ab­dul­lah’s remarks made re­cently.

NGO SEEKS SEDI­TION CASE AGAINST FA­ROOQ

In Jammu, the Bharat Rak­sha Manch, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) headed by Hu­nar Gupta, on Tues­day staged a protest against for­mer chief min­is­ter and Na­tional Con­fer­ence pres­i­dent Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah for his pro-Pak­istan state­ment.

Known for chang­ing his tone and tenor when out of power, Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah re­cently had stated that the PoK be­longs to Pak­istan, in a strik­ing con­trast to a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion passed by the In­dian Par­lia­ment in 1994, wherein it was de­cided to re­trieve oc­cu­pied Kash­mir from Pak­istan. The NGO ac­tivists de­manded slap­ping of sedi­tion case against Ab­dul­lah for his “se­ces­sion­ist state­ments”.

On Oc­to­ber 26, dur­ing BJP’s Ac­ces­sion Day cel­e­bra­tions here, Union min­is­ter Jitendra Singh had made it clear that “there is no Kash­mir is­sue ex­cept tak­ing back Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Jammu & Kash­mir (PoJK)”.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing on Tues­day, Gupta said, “Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah, whose three gen­er­a­tions have en­joyed chief min­is­ter­ship of the state, is play­ing to the gal­leries for few votes. “

He said mak­ing such con­tro­ver­sial state­ments on PoK is not only crim­i­nal but also amounts to breach of priv­i­lege of the Par­lia­ment by an elected mem­ber of the Lok Sabha. “If Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah does not agree with the unan­i­mously adopted res­o­lu­tion of In­dian Par­lia­ment then he should quit from Lok Sabha and join sep­a­ratist's camp,” Gupta added.

NGO SAYS IF FA­ROOQ DOES NOT AGREE WITH RES­O­LU­TION OF IN­DIAN PAR­LIA­MENT, HE SHOULD QUIT FROM LOK SABHA AND JOIN SEP­A­RATIST CAMP

Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah

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