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Updated: February 12, 2013 02:32 IST

Farooq sad for Afzal, but says nation’s unity is vital

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Dr. Farooq Abdullah. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
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Dr. Farooq Abdullah. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

“Country should not give in to the designs of people with a divisive agenda”

National Conference leader and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said he was sad that ‘Afzal Guru should have died without being able to say goodbye to the people he loved’, but cautioned all against playing it up to such an extent as to jeopardise the country’s ‘hard-earned freedom and status as one nation’.

“Afzal Guru was given a trial but lost it. His mercy petition to the President too was turned down,” Mr. Abdullah said, while launching the State government’s 10,000 roof-top solar power plant programme here on Monday.

He added that the terrorist attack on Parliament in which Guru was implicated was a frontal attack on the conscience of the nation.

Mr. Abdullah said he was afraid of the ‘enemy within the country than outside.’ The country had gone through tragedies and no one wanted another.

“Our forefathers stood united to fight and win freedom for the country. This freedom and unity should not be allowed to disintegrate, come what may. Let’s do our best to win the battle to secure freedom and unity,” he said.

Call for unity

Mr. Abdullah gave a passionate call for unity and togetherness and said the country should not give in to the designs of people with a divisive agenda. The media too should be careful while dealing with sensitive issues such as this, he said.

So, what message Mr. Abdullah has for his Chief Minister son who is crying hoarse about the execution?

from:  Indranil Mazumdar
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 05:17 IST

A voice of sanity: at long last. Thank you.

from:  S.A.Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 04:30 IST

Very sensible statement. Far more responsible than some of the right-wing whining and calls for war when some terrorist kills a military person. I wish more people in power were this responsible and controlled over their emotions. I, for one, do condemn the hanging of whoever it was. We, as a nation, need to learn to act in a more matured way, and need to understand that vengeance only paves way for more anger, retaliation and revenge.

from:  Subh
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 03:20 IST
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