National Conference (NC) president and Former Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah has created another controversy by daring ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to raise national Tri-colour at historical Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.
Earlier on Nov 11, Dr Abdullah said that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of Pakistan and J&K is part of India, whereas Indian Parliament has passed a resolution in 1994 that PoK is an integral part of India.
Farooq said while naming BJP, "They are talking of raising flag at PoK. I ask them, first you go and raise the Tricolour at Lal Chawk in Srinagar. They can't even do that here and they are talking about PoK."
Meanwhile, he reiterated that PoK is under control of Pakistan and since last 70 years, we (India) cannot dare to take it back. "I just tell them to take gun and come and take PoK under your control. I am with you. Even I will feel happy if you get it back."
Taking a jibe at BJP and Modi government, Farooq said, "Even I will also open a branch office of National Conference in PoK and there is also a huge temple of Hindus there and we will renovate it too."
The NC chief also expressed concerns over the "worsening security situation" in J&K and said the Centre has to frame its response vis-a-vis Pakistan for bringing peace in the region. Terming the meetings of Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, with people as a 'formality', Abdullah said that peace would be achieved only when 'sincere and serious efforts' were made.
Following his statement, the Anti Terrorist Front India had announced a bounty of Rs 21 lakh prize for cutting Abdullah's tongue, saying he has "insulted" the country with his pro- Pakistan remarks and was speaking "against" the RSS.
Just after this controversial statement, when Farooq Abdullah was leaving the place, some activists of saffron organisation also raised pro-India slogans in front of him and ask him to follow.
Farooq Abdullah was in Kathua to attend a private function and he was speaking to the local scribes