MR. Farooq Abdulla had openly stated that he was with the separatists and that he would participate in any movement to make Kashmir free. That movement seems to be gradually emerging in Kashmir. A freedom struggle is being waged now in the state. The emerging new force is gaining ground.
Leaders and people in the movement do not want to be either with India or Pakistan. They want a separate, free nation of Kashmir. Mr. Farooq Abdulla is supporting these people who are making their new demand. The bypoll in Srinagar was a huge failure. The number of voters who participated in the bypoll was only 8 per cent. The army killed some people, injured quite a few, but it could not conduct a successful poll.
It looks like persons in the new movement are just now taking assistance from Pakistan. Finally, may be Pakistan will accept the creation of a new nation rather than allow the state be under India. Thanks to this decision of Pakistan, we see greater support given to its agents among the Kashmiris. Political parties like Omar Abdulla's National Conference has also started helping stone pelters.
Our government in Delhi must note the new development in Kashmir. No useful purpose will be served by ignoring the situation. Kashmiris are moving away from people of rest of India. They now want a separate sovereign state. They do not want to be part of India or Pakistan. They want to be "Azadi". The big, pertinent question is whether we can keep Kashmir in India any longer. Democratic rule appears to have ended in Kashmir.
And leaders like Farooq Abdulla want to be PM of the new nation.