After being questioned for a number of hours by the Enforcement Directorate on Monday in reference to a cash laundering probe, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah stated the resolve for restoration of the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir will proceed.
Speaking after remaining contained in the ED workplace for almost seven hours, 82-year-old Abdullah stated, “Remember one thing, we have a long way to go. This is a long fight.”
“Our struggle will go on whether Farooq Abdullah is alive or Farooq Abdullah is dead.. Our resolve has not changed and our resolve will not change even if I were to be hanged,” he added.
The former chief minister and ex-union minister stated the battle for restoration of the constitutional provision eliminated final yr by the BJP-led authorities on the Centre was of all of the folks of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is not Farooq Abdullah or the National Conference’s struggle alone. It is the struggle of all the people,” he added.
Several constituents of the newly fashioned People’s Alliance, comprising mainstream political events from Jammu and Kashmir, described Abdullah being summoned by the ED as a “witch hunt” and political vendetta by the Centre. He was summoned by the ED on Monday in reference to a case associated to alleged irregularities in utilisation of funds given to the JK cricket affiliation by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The NC’s long-term rival, PDP, additionally condemned the ED’s motion. PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was launched after 14 months final week, deplored the “use of agencies to browbeat mainstream parties in JK”. She stated the ED’s “sudden summons to Farooq sahab displays the extent of GOIs nervousness about mainstream parties in JK fighting as one unit”.
(It) Also reeks of political vendetta and will not within the least blunt our collective resolve to struggle for our rights,” she said on Twitter. People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone echoed her. “What a sorry state of affairs. Dr Farooq sahib summoned by ED. Reeks of vendetta. Contrary to what they wish to coercively obtain this can definitely have the other impression,” he tweeted.
Asked about the nature of questioning, Abdullah said it’s an ongoing process and since the ED had to ask some more things after the previous round of questioning last year, he had made himself available.
“I’m not fearful, why are you fearful? The solely remorse I’ve is that I couldn’t have my lunch,” a visibly irritated Abdullah told reporters as soon as he came out of the ED office after his questioning.
Abdullah said the ED personnel had to do their job and he had to do his. “They have been good and really superb,” the NC president said.
Abdullah refused to comment on the proceedings, saying the matter will be decided in court. “In the top, it needs to be determined within the court docket once they put the papers within the court docket,” he stated.