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I knew destruction was ahead: Former Kashmir CM

Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar, July 08, 2007:

Seventeen years back when armed insurgency against Indian rule broke out in Indian administered Kashmir, former chief minister and opposition National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah says he knew what would happen in years to come.

"I told them (the arms yielding youth) that the way you have taken up the issue of the resolution of Kashmir dispute, villages would be reduced to ashes, youth killed mercilessly and women raped," Abdullah said during the inaugural function of the University of Kashmir's Convocation Centre this week.

Without referring to the incidents of the past few weeks, in which Indian troopers allegedly made several attempts at molesting the chastity of Kashmiri girls and killings of youth in 'fake encounters' while labeling them as insurgents, Abdullah claimed, "I knew what was in store for the Kashmiris."

This week one more person was killed when people in Kangan area tried to caught a trooper reportedly cuddling with a local girl. The trooper opened fire on the people killing one civilian and injuring another. The trooper later killed himself.

Last week two troopers were paraded naked in north Kashmir's Bandipore area after they attempted molesting a girl but were caught by locals.

Abdullah accepted his failure in bringing a resolution of the long-standing Kashmir dispute and in running the state while he was the chief minister on six counts.

"I know I failed. I know I did not come up to the expectations of you people. But I also know that I tried. I tried with all the honesty to change things. However, I regret I couldn't change the things for good," he said referring to resolution of the Kashmir dispute and running the state administration without promoting corruption.

The former chief minister also faced embarrassment during his speech at the University when he was interrupted by a lecturer after he claimed that his party would not accommodate any “thieves and cheats”.

“Your party (National Conference) already boosts of a number of thieves and cheats," a lecturer said interrupting his speech.

As the lecturer went on accusing Abdullah of rigging the assembly elections in 1987, and forcing “the peace loving people of the state to take up arms” the audience clapped to Abdullah’s embarrassment.

Later Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, without naming Abdullah blamed previous governments in the state for promoting corruption in the state.

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