Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Autonomy without changing borders only solution possible: Farooq Abdullah

Autonomy without changing borders only solution possible: Farooq Abdullah

Controversies favourite child, Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah is once again the headlines for re-igniting the debate over Kashmir occupancy.

While saying that Kashmiri people living on Indian side should stop demanding Azadi, the National Conference supremo and Srinagar MP said that this part of Kashmir belongs to India.

Farooq also claimed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to Pakistan and "this won't change" no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight against each other. "That part will remain with Pakistan and this part will remain with India, and both Kashmirs should be granted autonomy".

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"On one side we have China, Pakistan, and India on the other side". He rejected the NC leader and three-time Chief Minister's statement before media earlier during the day as "absurd and non-serious" and said that he always issues controversial statements. It didn't recognize the love with which we chose to join India. "That is the reason behind the current situation in Kashmir". If that side is ours, then you should talk about the accession as well. Since then, PoK is in control of Pakistan, and so, this issue still needs to be resolved.

"This is not only a negative approach but sets a unsafe precedence, where facts are deliberately being muzzled", he said. Internal autonomy is our right.

Asked to comment on Centre's special representative, Dineshwar Sharma's statement that his recent five-day long visit was successful and that he would do his best to talk to Kashmiri separatist leadership as well, Abdullah said: "What Dineshwar Sharma said is not for me to comment on". "Those who are talking about Aazadi (independence) are wrong".

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"It is must that PaK is given autonomy and same should be the case with this part of Kashmir", he said. We have nothing except Almighty Allah's name.

Advising Farooq Abdullah to shun his "political joker" like approach and assume some seriousness, Malik said that resistance against illegal Indian occupation will continue till the achievement of the desired goal. "Kashmiris never take his words and personality seriously", Malik said in a press statement.

"India has broken our trust".

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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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