But the remarks by the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister came in for sharp condemnation from the state's ruling coalition partners PDP and the BJP.
Abdullah agreed to PM Modi's statement that tourism is the lifeline of Kashmir, but he said that stone pelters are a different breed and they don't have anything to do with tourism.
Slamming National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah for glorifying the stone-pelters, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official Cheetan Cheeta's wife Uma Singh on Thursday emphasized on the need for politicians with strong willpower in Kashmir so that they can initiate stringent actions against those disturbing peace in the valley. These people are fighting for there nation.
Abdullah's comment on stone pelters came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked youths of Kashmir to join development and shun violence while addressing a rally at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir after inaugurating Asia's longest tunnel - Chenani-Nashri. But every time India says that "we are talking with Pakistan and we don't need a mediator".
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He also said that if India and Pakistan can not resolve their issues, then the United States should come forward and facilitate the resolution between the two countries as a third party.
"It seems that just in a bid to woo a certain constituency, some of the Kashmir-centric campaigners have felt tempted to use the jargon of separatists", Singh added.
Mr Abdullah also said that shunning bilateral dialogue adds weight to argument for mediation and that New Delhi "cannot remain invested in the status-quo" on Kashmir. "If India doesn't start a serious dialogue, then we will urge and welcome the U.S. involvement in resolving the Kashmir issue", Dr Abdullah said.
"India has been telling the world community that it will hold dialogue with Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue".