Those trying to tinker with Art 370 are playing with fire: Abdullah

SRINAGAR: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said those who are trying to repeal articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution, which guarantee special status to Jammu and Kashmir, are playing with fire.

“The need of the hour is to douse these flames and not to add fuel to the fire,” Abdullah said, addressing a poll campaign rally at Devsar in Kulgam district.

The former chief minister asserted that no one can subdue Kashmiris.

“History bears the testimony to the fact that no one was able to enslave Kashmiris. We have fought Mughals, Pathans and other despotic regimes and never let anyone subdue us.

“New Delhi will have our respect, only if they respect the people of this state. No one should dare tinker with our self esteem for the Kashmiris have always responded to the brickbats thrown at them with determination,” he said. (AGENCIES)