New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Lok Sabha member, Farooq Abdullah on Sunday that his party did not want to form a government in the state but rather wanted to save Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to the media in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said, “We didn’t want to form a government because we wanted to enjoy power, we wanted to protect all that which the Governor is doing now. We wanted to defend 35A, this government was not going to sustain for long, it had to topple one day and elections had to be done.”

Speaking on India and Pakistan relation, NC chief said that the day India and Pakistan become friends, Kashmir issue would be resolved automatically. “National Conference stands for all those paths which lead to Indo-Pak friendship. I believe friendship b/w the 2 nations is most imp for this state. The day friendly relations begin b/w the 2 nations, Kashmir issue will be resolved on its own.”

Recently, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had ruled out any possibility of bilateral talk with neighbouring country. She had said that the opening of Kartarpur Corridor does not mean a dialogue between India and Pakistan will start as “terror and talks cannot go together”.

He also attacked Governor of the state, Abdullah said, “Ultimately ppl have to decide what’s to be done. We were never hungry for power. PDP, NC&Congress have different paths but we came together. Why? You see what condition J&K bank is in today. It would never have been the case had our govt been there.”

His remark came in the context of J&K Bank Limited. Governor Satya Pal Malik had approved the proposal for treating the J&K Bank Limited as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU). The SAC move has come under widespread criticism from mainstream political parties, separatists and business and trade organisations in the state.

The bank has been brought under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) guidelines and the State Legislature.

Established in 1938, the J&K Bank Ltd is the only state government promoted a bank in the country, with the Jammu and Kashmir government currently holding 59.3 per cent of the shares. Being the major shareholder, the government felt that the bank should have a character of a PSU which is subject to the general supervision and access for enhanced transparency in the transaction of its business to promote public trust, the official had said.

The purpose of the SAC’s decision was not to question the day-to-day activities of the bank management but a step towards strengthening corporate governance, he had said.