Farooq Abdullah heckled, shown shoes during Eid prayers in Srinagar

Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, Aug 22: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah was heckled and protesters showed shoes to the leader during Eid prayers at Dargah Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on Wednesday. 

Even before the imam leading the congregational prayers could begin the Eid sermon at the Hazratbal shrine, Abdullah was heckled amid sloganeering, IANS reported.

Several youths also hurled shoes and disrupted the congregation forcing the Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister to leave the spot left red-faced.

After the incident, Abdullah said “Today, the time has come to have a peaceful dialogue between India and Pakistan. There is a need to get rid of hatred. This country belongs to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians and all those who live here”.

“Mein darne wala nahi hun. Agar yeh samajhte hai ki ise azadi aayegi toh mein inko kehna chahta hun ki pehle begaari,beemari aur bhookmari se azadi pao”, he added.

The valley people were reportedly angry with Abdullah for chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Jai Hind” at the prayer meeting of late former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi on Monday.


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