BJP hit out at the former Kashmir CM, and claimed that Abdullah is doing free advocacy for Pakistan.
In yet another controversial comment, National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that Pakistan is “not weak and not wearing bangles to allow India to take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation”.
Speaking to party workers in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the Chief of National Conference said, “How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part? It (PoK) is not their father’s share. That (PoK) is Pakistan and this (J&K) is India.”
Further stressing on the fact that India failed to acquire PoK even after 70 years, Abdullah said, “Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans.”
However, the BJP hit out at the former Kashmir CM, and claimed that Abdullah is doing free advocacy for Pakistan.
Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Earlier also I have said that PoK was, is and will remain an integral part of India. Though it is presently occupied by Pakistan, it is still a part of India. Farooq Abdullah is a Member of Parliament from Srinagar and he should resign from the post for delivering such statements. Farooq Abdullah is doing free advocacy of Pakistan.”
Similarly criticising the senior Kashmir leader, BJP leader S Prakash said, “Earlier, he (Farooq Abdullah) enjoyed power in the Centre and the state. Now, he is speaking in a different tone. Such opportunistic, dual policy of Farooq Abdullah is in front of public. He is losing his credibility. His statement does not carry weight anymore.”
Earlier, Abdullah claimed that Pakistan occupied Kashmir belongs to Pakistan – and not India.
“PoK does not belong to India. It’s been 70 years and they (New Delhi) couldn’t get it. And today they are saying that it is a part of India,” said Abdullah.
Further hitting out at the central government he asked, “How long will the innocent shed their blood and they will say that PoK is a part of India?”
Abdullah also called for reversal of all Central laws extended to J&K after 1953. “Time has come to reverse Central laws extended post-1953 through pliant regimes installed in J&K through covert and undemocratic machinations to disempower the people of the State and rob them of their political identity,” he said on Wednesday.
He said the erosion of the State’s autonomy was the genesis of its political problems, adding, “The restoration of autonomy to J&K is non-negotiable.”
He urged New Delhi and Islamabad to start “a sustained, comprehensive dialogue on Kashmir”. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on August 15, Abdullah said he should take concrete steps to engage with the people of Kashmir with dignity and show respect for their sentiments.