Srinagar: National Conference (NC) patron Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said Kashmir never was and never will be an integral part of India.
Addressing party workers, Farooq Abdullah said, “Kashmir is not an integral part of India. New Delhi will never believe Kashmiri’s and will never accept Kashmir problem.”
“People who are shouting Aazadi (freedom slogans) slogans hardly know what Aazadi is all about. Our young generations know what India did in Kashmir which is why the youth are today on roads for freedom,” he said.
He said both India and Pakistan must talks on Kashmir issue. “That is the only solution to this long pending problem. Otherwise, he said, it will keep on escalating.”
“We are concerned about peace. Indian and Pakistan must sit down and hold talks about the Kashmir issue,” he said.
The former J&K Chief Minister said that in the year 2000, the J&K assembly unanimously passed the Autonomy resolution calling for the restoration of pre- 1953 position to the state, but what has happened to that resolution.
Abdullah said, “I have nothing personal with PM Narendra Modi. But yes, I am against Narendra Modi and his party’s aim to abrogate Article 370 to merge Kashmir with the Indian Union. This is not possible till NC is there. We lost our constitution, our flag and we won’t let anyone snatch our rights.”
Known for his outlandish outbursts, Farooq Abdullah who was born to the veteran National Conference leader Sheikh Abdullah, was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir three times. Earlier in February this year, he raked up the controversy when he said let entire “Azad Kashmir” remain with Pakistan and India keep Jammu, Kashmir and Ladkh for lasting peace in the region.
He said no power on earth can snatch “Azad Kashmir” from Pakistan and similarly Jammu and Kashmir will remain with India.
“We have to live with India,” he said but demanded restoration of internal autonomy.
“Azad Kashmir”, Gilgit Baltistan and Askardoo will remain with Pakistan and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh with India, he said.