Farooq Abdullah on restoring J&K's special status



The ED had earlier questioned Abdullah in July in connection with the case, and his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.


National Conference President Farooq Abdullah Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a case linked to alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association. While he was being questioned, after nearly 9 hours, Farooq Abdullah said that the resolve for the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir would continue.


“Remember one thing, we have a long way to go. This is a long fight. Our struggle will go on whether Farooq Abdullah is alive or Farooq Abdullah is dead. Our resolve has not changed and our resolve will not change even if I were to be hanged,” Abdullah said.


He did not disclose anything else saying that the matter would be decided in the court. “I am not worried, why are you worried? The only regret I have is that I could not have my lunch,” seeming irritated.


The questioning comes two days after the formation of a joint alliance by NC, PDP, and other mainstream Kashmir-based politicians — formally named ‘People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ — seeking “restoration” of the erstwhile state’s special position before August 5, 2019.

The summoning of Abdullah by the ED has been described as a "witch hunt" and "political vendetta" by the newly formed People's Alliance.


The ED had earlier questioned Abdullah in July in connection with the case, and his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It had filed a money laundering case after taking cognizance of a CBI FIR and charge sheet.


The charge sheet was filed in July last year against Abdullah and three others for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 43 crore from grants given by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for promoting the sport in the state between 2002-11.


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