National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. Photo/ANI
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. Photo/ANI

Crackdown on separatists will result in rise of discontent in Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

ANI | Updated: Apr 10, 2019 16:43 IST

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 10 (ANI): Expressing his displeasure over separatist leader Yasin Malik's arrest, National Conference (NC) chairman Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that crackdown on separatist leaders would result in the rise of discontent in the Valley.
"I am very disappointed with this move. Nothing can be gained out of this. The more they are oppressed, the more discontent will increase," Abdullah said.
Abdullah, also a former Union Minister, suggested the government not to arrest the people with a different ideology.
He said: "People may be of different opinion. It does not mean you will arrest them for keeping a different opinion)."
Criticising Malik's arrest, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said: "This is not India's way."
Earlier in the day, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik was arrested by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) in connection with a 2017 terror funding case in New Delhi.
The NIA court has sent Malik to NIA remand till April 22.
Malik was taken to the national capital on Tuesday evening from Jammu jail after the NIA secured a production warrant against him in connection with a terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last month, the Central government had banned his organization -- Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), saying the outfit is actively engaged in inciting secession and is illegally funnelling funds for fomenting terrorism. (ANI)