A day after National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah courted controversy saying that India faces threat from within and not from outside, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed out at Farooq Abdullah asking to clarify his remarks and advised him to refrain from making irresponsible comments.

BJP leader S Prakash speaking to the media said that Abdullah should be careful before making such remarks. He asked National Conference leader to come clean and clarify his comments and should not brew any confusion.

“Farooq Abdullah should clarify his stand. Such statements will create unwanted confusion. As a senior politician he should act more responsibly,” said Prakash.

Notably, Abdullah while speaking at the “Save Composite Culture” conclave called by Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, said that there India was capable of holding threats posed by Pakistan and China.

“We don’t face any threat from outside, whether it is China and Pakistan. We are capable of handling them but the country faces threat from the people within the country,” he said.

Speaking further, Abdullah said that there were thieves sitting inside the country, ruining everything.

Expressing pain over the Kashmir unrest, Abdullah slammed Modi government and said, “They are talking about unity. But are they creating the atmosphere for it?”

Noteworthy, Farooq Abdullah in July this year was slammed after he said that India should take help of ally countries like US and China to resolve Indo-Pak conflict in Kashmir.

Speaking in an interview to a daily Abdulla said, “For how long are you going to wait? Sometimes, you have to pull the bull by its horns. The way is to have a dialogue. India has so many friends all over the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. US President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached.”

His comments drew sharp reactions from BJP, Congress and other parties who have together refused to support any argument to allow third party intervention to solve Kashmir crisis.

First Published | 18 August 2017 9:10 AM
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