SRINAGAR: National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah extended his party’s support to Hurriyat leaders in their struggle to carry out “the movement for azadi (freedom) to its conclusion”.

Abdullah said, “We’ll never be free until we are united (against India), and I am asking my party workers not to stay away from the movement. I ask the Hurriyat leaders to unite. We are standing by your side at this hour. Don’t think of us as your adversaries. We are not your adversaries.”

He said this while speaking on the occasion of 111th birth anniversary of his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in Srinagar, reported Indian media on Tuesday.

The NC patron said: “The flames will never die. They (New Delhi) will not give you anything. You should continue with this struggle.”

Criticising India, Abdullah said, “One day they will have to resolve this. The duo are out to subjugate us.

But they are wrong. One day, India and Pakistan will have to sit and talk to resolve their differences; there is no second way. The two should control themselves from further igniting the tension.”

The former Occupied Kashmir chief minister expressed fervent hope that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would begin dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.–Monitoring Desk

 On December 5, the state government blocked a proposed protest march from Lal Chowk after Hurriyat leaders Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were taken into custody.

Close to 100 people have died and more than 10,000 were injured in the Valley following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death at the hands of Indian security forces.