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Speaking about his portrayal in the film The Kashmir Files, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said, “My heart still bleeds for Kashmiri Pandits. Hang me if I am found guilty.” He also slammed the film, calling it propagandist and accused it of spreading hatred against a particular community.

Farooq Abdullah said he is ready to be hanged anywhere in the country if he is found responsible for the events of 1990.
“The truth will come out when you put an honest judge or committee in place. You will come to know who’s responsible. If Farooq Abdullah is responsible, Farooq Abdullah is ready to be hanged anywhere in the country. I’m ready to stand that trial but don’t blame people who aren’t responsible,” he said in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Raj Chengappa.
Criticising the movie directed by Vivek Agnihotri, he said, “It is a propaganda movie. It has raked up a tragedy that affected every soul of the state, Hindus and Muslims alike. There was an element of political parties that were interested in ethnic cleansing.”
He said the film ignored the sacrifices of other communities like the Sikhs and Muslims and blamed one community.
He dismissed allegations of inaction at the time. “If people want to know the truth, they can talk to the people who can tell them, like Musar Raza, who was my chief secretary, or Arif Muhammad Khan, who was a central minister at that time,” he said.
Speaking about the 1989 kidnapping of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Rubaiyya by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Farooq Abdullah said, “When they [Centre] wanted to release five people whom we had caught, I refused. The Government of India was being led by VP Singh supported by the BJP.”
“It feels wrong to be talking about a dead person this way, but we must remember that it was the governor of that time who put the Kashmiri Pandits on buses. He had said ‘I will bring you back in two months. I have to use force on these people and the retaliation may fall on you’.” It’s been 32 years, where are they, he asked.
Reacting to the movie being made tax-free, he accused the government of trying to spread hatred. “They want to further penetrate into people’s heart of hatred,” he said.
He also said a committee should be set up to find the truth. “People will tell you different stories, but the truth will come out when an honest judge or a committee is set up to find the truth. If Farooq Abdullah is responsible, he is ready to be hanged anywhere in the nation. I am ready to stand that trial. But don’t blame the people who are not responsible.
He said the only way to move forward is now to win the hearts of people irrespective of whether they are Muslims or Hindus. He said the movie has opened the wounds, and the Prime Minister and the government must now try to heal those wounds.
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