Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday urged the Indian government to address the fears faced by Muslims, alleging that people from the community are being attacked and their mosques “blown up”.
He, however, did not cite any specific instance.
In an interaction with the media, Abdullah said the government will have to act as Muslims who are standing with India are being “killed”.
He also sought dialogue between India and Pakistan, saying it is the only “way out” for the problems between the two countries.
“When we see in the country, there are attacks on Muslims, they are being beaten up and mosques are being blown up,” he said.
“The victim would be us, who are standing with India. We will be killed as we do not have any other place except India. We are equal but the situation building around is causing fear and they (government) will have to address it,” he said.
Referring to India-Pakistan relations, he said the dialogue is the only “way out” for all problems between the two nations.
He said relations of Hindus and Muslims are being affected due to the strained ties between the two countries.
“If we want to improve our relation, we will have to ease these differences and find some ways. And the only way for this is dialogue,” he said, citing the visit of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Pakistan to have a dialogue with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif.