‘Even if Entire Indian Army Comes to Kashmir, Can’t Defeat Militants’

NEW DELHI: Former chief minister and National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said he stands by his comment on Kashmir issue and warned that all of India’s armed forces can’t defend Jammu and Kashmir’s borders and stop terrorists coming from Pakistan side.

“Saari Hindustan ki fauj bhi aa jaye, toh bhi nahi defend kar sakti terrorists aur militants ke khilaaf (even if the entire Indian Army comes to Kashmir, it will not be able to defend against terrorists and militants),” Farooq Abdullah was quoted as saying.

The remarks are bound to lead to another controversy.

“US is not our friend, US only wants to sell arms and ammunition to us. I am a Hindustani and die like a Hindustani. When Vajpayee ji went to Lahore, 20 innocent Kashmiris were killed in the state. If whole Indian Army comes to defend our borders, they cannot stop terrorists coming from Pakistan side. The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution (to the Kashmir issue),” Abdullah said at a function.

Abdullah further said relations between India and Pakistan cannot improve till Pakistan understands that it will not get anything.  

Dr Farooq had on Friday said that both India and Pakistan need to understand that PcK (Pakistan controlled Kashmir) is in Pakistan and will remain in Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir is in India and will remain in India.

“Practically it is not possible to keep PoK with us. We have fought three wars with Pakistan, but could not take back PoK from Pakistan.”

He added, “Let us be practical. The then PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee told me that when he visited Pakistan, he gave the suggestion that Pakistan should keep PoK, but they did not agree. But now if we start the talks with Pakistan again, they are ready on this formula.” Agencies


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