Kashmiris not involved in civilian killings: Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, October 17 (KMS): National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said Kashmiris are not involved in the recent civilian killings in the territory and that these attacks were carried under a conspiracy to defame Kashmiris.

Abdullah talking to media persons in Srinagar termed these incidents an attempt to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the territory.

“These killings are unfortunate and done under a conspiracy. Kashmiris are not involved in these killings. It is an attempt to defame Kashmiris,” he added.

The Lok Sabha member from Srinagar said these killings were an attempt to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the valley.

Two non-locals were shot dead by gunmen in Srinagar and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Before that, seven civilians, including four from minority communities, were killed in Kashmir, triggering fear among the people in the Valley and criticism of the security apparatus by political parties.

Asked about the National Security Advisor level talks between India and Pakistan, Abdullah said any initiative that leads to friendship is welcome.

“We should pray and hope that there is friendship between the two countries and we can live (in peace),” he added.