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`Omar, Farooq under test’: Azad seeks action against Mustafa
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JAMMU, Nov 17: Stating the retraction from his earlier “anti-India” statement as “meaningless”, the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday demanded stern action against National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal for terming India as an “enemy” country.

While talking to media persons here today on the sidelines of function of Lawrence Public School at General Zorawar Singh auditorium, Azad also rejected the clarification given by the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah and his brother Kamal on the issue.

He stated that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his father and Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah were under test to take action against their relative.

Farooq had termed the utterances of Kamal, his younger sibling and NC additional general secretary, simply as “irresponsible.”

“After that his (Kamal’s) denial is meaningless. Nevertheless it is up to the party (NC) to decide whether they agree to his statement or not,” Azad said.

“Well I strongly disagree with him (Kamal), I strongly condemn that statement. I have gone through that CD in which he had clearly said - I do not have any hesitation in saying that our enemy is India not Pakistan.' An MLA, official spokesman and that too of the ruling party (NC) and brother of Union minister gives such an anti-national statement-- and they just ignore it with one word statement -- that is irresponsible statement, I do not think that is enough," Azad said.

Dismissing Kamal's denial of statement, Azad said, “I think that is not enough -- that (action to be taken) is for them to decide. As I said, he is uncle of the Chief Minister and brother of Union Minister-- they are under test,” the Union Health Minister said.

In the speech that caused the controversy, Kamal had said, “Pakistan had offered a no-war pact with India. Why does India not agree to it? If India carries on with such attitude, then I have no hesitation in saying that our (Kashmiris') biggest enemy is our own country, not Pakistan.”

These comments had outraged the leaders of the Congress, alliance partner of the NC in the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government.

Later, Kamal issued a clarification retracting from his earlier statement and blamed media saying, “My history is known to everyone, my family's legacy and my political career of several decades is testimony to my credentials and today you call Mustafa Kamal anti-national. It deeply hurts me, what I said has been blown out of context.”
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News Updated at : Sunday, November 18, 2012
 
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