Kamal contests BBC presenter

SRINAGAR: Taking strong exception to the statement attributed to him during the Hard Talk show on BBC, National Conference (NC) additional general secretary Shiekh Mustafa Kamal said that he has never stated that the people of Kashmir feel closer to Pakistan than India.

“How could have I made the statement of this bizarre nature. I have never said anything like that,” Kamal told KNS, adding that the statement being attributed to him has no head and tail.

During the hard talk show with chief minister Omar Abdullah on BBC at Delhi, presenter Stephen Sackur had asked Omar that Kamal has stated to him that India is an enemy and that more than a year ago; he has stated that People of Kashmir feel closer to Pakistan than India.  “No I don’t think so personally, in my state, as I told you that there are people who want to see their future outside India. You can invite Dr Kamal for the separate interview and should ask him yourself,” replied Omar to the question on the show.

Kamal Wednesday said that he has never talked to any BBC correspondent and has never issued any statement wherein he has advocated for Pakistan. “We are working under the constitution and accept the same. We cannot make the irresponsible statements.”

However, Kamal stated that there are the sections of people in valley who believe that Kashmir should merge with Pakistan and oppose its accession with the Indian union. “You know who they are. We are not among them and we cannot echo what they say.” 

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