Independent Kashmir not a reality: Dr Farooq

Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and member parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that independent Kashmir was not a reality as “we were landlocked and surrounded by nuclear powers China, Pakistan and India”.

“We are landlocked. On one side we have China, Pakistan on the other side and India on the third side. All three of them have atom bombs. We have nothing except Allah’s name. Those who are talking about Azadi are talking wrong,” he told journalists on the sidelines of a function at the party headquarters in Srinagar.

Abdullah said that India betrayed Kashmiris. “India didn’t treat us well. India betrayed us. They didn’t recognize the love with which we chose to join them. That is the reason behind the current situation in Kashmir,” he said.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister also renewed the demand for restoration of internal autonomy of the state. “Internal autonomy is our right. They should restore it. Only then the peace will return.”

He said that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) belongs to Pakistan. “I tell them in plain terms – not only to Indians but also to the world – that PaK belongs to Pakistan and this side to India. This won’t change. Let them fight how many wars they want to. This won’t change,” said Abdullah.

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