Farooq’s remarks on Article 370 restoration unacceptable: Dr Karan Singh

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NEW DELHI: Former Member Parliament Dr Karan Singh said National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s remarks on restoring the special status of Jammu and Kashmir were totally unacceptable and could provoke unrealistic expectations among the people of Kashmir.
In a statement issued here today, Dr Karan Singh said “My old friend Farooq Abdullah has made an astounding statement to the effect that Article 370 will be restored with China’s support.”
“I can understand his rage and frustration at recent events, including the fact that he was under house arrest for a year, an emotion that large sections in the Kashmir Valley share. However, his recent articulation is totally unacceptable. It will tend to, once again, provoke totally unrealistic expectations among the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Dr Karan Singh, the former Governor of J&K, has welcomed the release of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after 14 months in detention and hoped both these leaders will strengthen the democratic process by taking their agenda to the people once elections take place. “That is the only way political stability can be restored in the state so that developmental activities in both the regions can gather momentum,” he said.