Farooq Abdullah Ignites Kashmir Debate Again, Says PoK Belongs To Pakistan

Landlocked Kashmir has ‘nothing except Allah’ azadi not an option Farooq

Landlocked Kashmir has ‘nothing except Allah’ azadi not an option Farooq

Stating that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a "part of Pakistan", National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said both parts of Kashmir - in India and Pakistan - should be granted autonomy.

Abdullah also said that the Kashmiri youths and others who are seeking "azadi" are misguided and they should stop asking for it. I, therefore, believe Azadi is not possible nor workable. I tell this to them, and to the world.

Around One lakh West Pakistan Refugees settled in different parts of Jammu Region since 1947 have nearly made up their mind to step out of Jammu and Kashmir if the government failed to address their long pending "humanitarian" issue of granting them the citizenship rights. "In fact, Farooq Abdullah and his late Father has been doing politics in the name of freedom of Kashmir for a long time and it was he ( Farooq) who in 1974 from Lal Chowk (Srinagar's historic square) floated the slogan of 'Choen Desh Myon Desh, Kashur Desh Kashur Desh" (Your nation, my nation; Kashmiri nation, Kashmiri nation) and even participated in pro-freedom rallies in Mirpur (poK)", Malik said in a statement here. "These two countries need to sit together and decide the issue taking people of both parts of Jammu and Kashmir into confidence", he said. The people demanding their right of self-determination to establish an Independent Jammu and Kashmir are called a fringe element in the Kashmiri society.

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Commenting on Centre-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma for Kashmir talks, Abullah said, "I can't comment much on that".

Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has done it yet again.

He also termed autonomy as a pre-condition for peace to return to the valley.

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He also said, "Internal autonomy is our right".

"You do not remember the instrument of accession and claim the other side of Kashmir administered by Pakistan".

"On one side, there is China, Pak is in another side and India is on the third side". If that side is ours, then you should talk about the accession as well. All three of them have atom bombs. "This is not only a negative approach but sets a risky precedent where the facts are deliberately being muzzled", he said. "The NC has always been a votary of dialogue process and will continue to be so", he said. Governments at the centre have never been honest with Kashmir and its leadership.

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He added, "In spite of that, we are still hopeful of some positive outcome for the state and its people who have suffered immensely in these violent three decades of armed militancy".

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