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Right now the atmosphere in the valley is not conducive for the return of Kashmiri Pandits: Farooq Abdullah

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National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday hit out at the central government, accusing the party of dividing the country on the basis of religion.

Talking to India Today at Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said that not only Hindus, but Muslims have also been killed in the terrorist attack. He further said that now the atmosphere in the Valley is not conducive for the return of Kashmiri Pandits.

On Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir today for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370, Farooq Abdullah said, “The government will not be able to bring peace in the Union Territory until Article 370 is restored”.

The National Conference leader said, “The recent events in the Valley are eye-opening for those who used to say that terror will be wiped out after the abrogation of Article 370.”

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Let us tell you that in August 2019, the Modi government had abrogated Article 370 by bringing a law in the Parliament. After which the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was taken away.

Farooq Abdullah said, “You (Central government) will not be able to bring peace unless you restore Article 370.”

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also opposed the detention of over 900 people for stone-pelting in the Valley. Asked if the Union Home Minister plans to meet Amit Shah during his three-day visit to the Valley, Farooq Abdullah said, “The government had approached me. Amit Shah wanted to meet me but I refused.” “

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