Making light of yesterday's incident in Srinagar in which a shoe was
flug towards his son, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union
Minister Farooq Abdullah today said it was "wonderful" that he has
joined the elite club of former US President George Bush, Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari and other leaders.
"He has joined an elite club of former
US President George Bush, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zadari and a few others with the reward of shoe.
It is a wonderful thing," he quipped when reporters sought his
comments outside Parliament House on yesterday's incident.
A suspended police head constable had
thrown a shoe towards Omar during the Independence Day function in
Srinagar but missed him.
Following the security scare, 15 policemen including four officers
Omar is the latest victim of "shoe
protest" which all started when an Iraqi journalist at a press
conference in Baghdad during his visit to Iraq in December 2008
flung a shoe at Bush who ducked in time.
Zardari too faced a similar incident in the UK. An unhappy Pakistani
threw a shoe at Zardari during a rally in Birmingham early this
month. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram have also been the targets of such protests.
Like all the previous shoe protests which has captured the
imagination of people, the footwear flung at Omar during the
Independence Day function by a suspended police head constable today
too missed the ''target'' and the protester ended up being taken
into the custody by the police. Farooq said Sunday's incident showed
the security apparatus is "useless".
Asked if the incident reflected a sense of disillusionment in the
state, he said, "We have to fight out the situation that exists. We
can't run away."
He said Jammu and Kashmir is part of India and he did not support
the calls for its separation from the country.
"Either you stay with us or sink with
us," he said.