27 charges, 3 FIRs, his quotes earned Farooq Abdullah a PSA
Srinagar: The dossier filed by the administration against National Conference President Farooq Abdullah runs into 21 pages and lists 27 charges, 16 police reports, three FIRs and 13 statements in favour of the abrogated Article 35A. It also contains Farooq Abdullah’s quotes three years ago when he asked Hurriyat to unite with his party for Kashmir carrying forward ‘the struggle for freedom’.
Notably, Farooq Abdullah has been detained under Public Safety Act after Government of India abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The dossier terms him as anti-national instigating the public with statements against the unity and integrity of India.
“On the birth anniversary of his father at Naseembagh Hazratbal, in December 2016, Farooq triggered controversy by making explicit overtures towards separatist conglomerate namely Hurriyat Conference by stating that they should unite with his party for the cause of Kashmir,” the dossier reads.
The dossier reads that Farooq Abdullah “justified acts of terror undertaken by anti-national elements by glorifying terrorists”. It notes his July 2019 statement wherein he is quoted as having said, “If Article 370 is temporary, then Jammu and Kashmir’s ties with India are also temporary.”
According to media reports his statements to the press have also been included to exhibit incitement to offence. “Public statements made by Dr Abdullah e.g. asking separatist organization Hurriyat conference to join hands for so called freedom struggle, thereby launching a movement for secession, threatening about the hoisting of national flag in an integral part of the country… clearly makes out a strong case as he has wilfully and deliberately misled the freedom of speech and expression so brazenly to incite offences aimed at disturbing public order in the state.”
The state has also noted his reference to Kashmir as “this nation” and recorded his statement “showing support for militants” as “posing threat to life and liberty of people”.
Post the February 14 Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, Abdullah’s statement “reflecting his sacrilegious agenda by insulting valour of brave forces” has also been included in the dossier. It records a March 2019 statement where he said, “I doubt 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in the Pulwama attack.”
In the run-up to changes in the constitutional provisions made on August 5, it notes that he “crossed the limits of guaranteed freedom of speech and expression” by calling for “an uprising” in the state.
On the issue of Article 370 and Article 35A, the dossier states that “instead of debating the legal provisions”, Abdullah “chose to incite public by making charged statements like ‘severing ties with India’.” Additionally, his statement asking people to “prepare for rebellion against India” and talk of “not allowing hoisting of national flag” have been used to build the case for PSA against him.
Of the three FIRs recorded in the dossier, two have been filed in J&K while one was filed in Delhi. (KNT)