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Posted on Nov 14, 04:25PM | UNI
National Conference additional General Secretary Mustafa Kamaal today said that they wanted to strengthen the hands of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Mr Kamaal on Monday at a meeting in Kishtwar alleged that the Government of India was the real 'enemy of the state' and also accused the troops of disturbing peace in the state.
'I am pained and hurt that the media has projected me as an 'anti-national' and accused me of sedition,' Mr Kamaal told reporters here this morning.
The National Conference senior leader said, 'my history is known to everyone, my family's legacy and my political career of several decades is testimony of my credentials.' 'It deeply hurts me,' he said adding, 'I had suggested that India and Pakistan must sit together and settle the issue amicably because it affects the people of Jammu and Kashmir".
Asserting that he had great regard for India and the Indian National Congress and would never work against the two, Mr Kamaal said, 'Mr Gandhi and Mr Abdullah have ushered a new chapter in the National Conference and Congress relationship which dates back to Sher-e-Kashmir and Jawahar Lal Nehru and carried forward by Indira Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah".
'We all in the family are committed to carry forward this relationship and strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in the interest of the nation.' He said the Abdullahs live by the legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who was a great nationalist and he was proud of that legacy.