Hours after National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah insulted the Indian security forces by questioning the death of Pulwama Martyrs, another NC leader extended his support to the terrorists in the Valley.
Addressing a gathering in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, NC MLA Akbar Lone openly appealed the terrorists to help him come to power in the ensuing elections in the state. Adding that NC leader Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah would be angry with his statement, he urged the terrorists to help him get more vote in exchange of being vocal on their cause once voted to power.
"I know Omar and Dr Farooq would be angry, but I want to tell you 'tik tik' wala (terrorists), I am talking about you today, when I'm nothing. Tomorrow when I will win, I will talk about you and your cause more - what has happened to you? Why will you go to my workers' place? Why will you harass him? Then he won't vote for me, which means sending BJP candidate to parliament, one who is against your Kashmir cause," he said while speaking to the gathering.
Earlier in the day, Farooq Abdullah said he 'doubt that 40 CRPF jawans were martyred', while addressing his party workers.
"Were Indian soldiers not Martyred in Chhattisgarh? Did Modi Ji go there to give them blood? Did he sympathise with their families? Did he say something about soldiers who were martyred here? But those 40 CRPF people who were martyred, Which I doubt. And I am telling you the truth".
Furthermore, Farooq Abdullah launched an attack on the BJP-led Central government over its claims on the IAF strike in Pakistan's Balakot. He said that Pakistan's F-16 was shot down because PM Modi wanted to 'show how brave he is'.
"And he made an issue out of it and what did he do? Tried to attack Pakistan. Said we have attacked and killed 300 people there. Some said 500 people, some said 1000. He said that we have also shot down their plane. Only to show how brave he is".