In yet another controversial statement, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today said that the stone pelters of Kashmir are just fighting for their nation and they have nothing to do with tourism.
Farooq Abdullah, who is also the President of National Conference, further said that the stone pelters will risk starvation but they will not stop pelting stones.
"Our fight is against those people who want to divide us on the basis of religion. I want to tell Modi saheb that tourism is our life no doubt about that, but a stone pelter has nothing to do with tourism,” Farooq Abdullah said.
“They (stone pelters) will risk starvation, but will throw stones for the nation, that`s what we need to understand," Farooq Abdullah said.
The former Chief Minister also said that if India and Pakistan fail to resolve their disputes then the US should step in to mediate between the two countries.