Fight for Article 370 restoration will continue, vows Farooq Abdullah

Jammu, September 22 (KMS): National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has vowed to continue politically the fight to restore the special status of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Farooq Abdullah addressing party workers at Batote in Ramban district expressed hope Indian Supreme Court will soon hear the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

“We are in the Supreme Court (for the restoration of Article 370) and are hopeful that it will hear the petitions soon and we will get relief from this difficult situation,” he said.

“We are not only dependent on the apex court,” he told them. “We are having a political fight without asking people to throw bricks, grenades or use guns. Our fight is a political fight and we are going to fight it politically. Obviously, the first chance we have got is the (next) Assembly election. The more we win, the more we will be able to take forward this in the Assembly.”

He termed “frivolous thinking” the ban on ‘Dastaar Bandi’ (turban tying ceremony) of politicians by the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board and said “it is an honour bestowed on people which is prevalent since the Dogra rule.”

“With time, such types of orders will vanish and Dastaar Bandi (ceremonies) will return and nobody is going to stop it. It is an honour and is prevalent since the Maharaja’s time,” he said, adding caps replaced turbans but elderly people still wear turbans.

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