NEW DELHI: The BJP and RSS have reacted very strongly against the statement of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah for questioning India's legal right on “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”.
The BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "PoK is an integral part of India. Parliament has passed a resolution regarding this. Farooq Abdullah has also affirmed his faith in the resolution while speaking in Parliament. But, he speaks a different in Kashmir."
Hitting out at the former union minister in Vajpayee government, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said, "Farooq Abdullah has insulted all those who sacrificed their lives for Kashmir."
Amid growing tension along the India-Pakistan border and the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah had on Friday dared Narendra Modi government to reclaim “PoK”.
Farooq Abdullah said that the government did not have power to take back the other part of Kashmir.
Addressing his party workers in Kishtwar in Jammu region, Abdullah said, "Arre tumhare baap ka hai kya? Tumhae pass wo taqat nahin hai ki tum wo hissa (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) vapas le sako (Is it the property of your forefathers? You don't have the power to take the territory back)."
Abdullah said, "They say in parliament and there is a resolution that PoK is India's territory."
"It (Kashmir) is not the personal property of India so that it could make a claim over it like an inherited property of forefathers," Farooq Abdullah said.
Calling upon the Modi government to engage in talks with Islamabad to defuse tension on the borders, Farooq Abdullah said, "Pakistan is one of the stakeholders of the Kashmir issue, which even India has accepted."
This was the second time in as many days that Farooq Abdullah questioned the Modi government's Pakistan policy and strategy to deal with dissent in the Valley.
On Wednesday, Farooq Abdullah had said, "Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India on three subjects of defence, foreign affairs and communication, which have been reemphasised by the former Sadr-e-Riyasat Dr Karan Singh in Parliament recently."
"Autonomy to both sides of Kashmir was the only viable solution to nearly seven-decade old problem. Borders cannot be changed but these can be made irrelevant and soft for people to people exchange and opening new vistas of trade and commerce for overall economic prosperity of the region," Abdullah had said.
The three time chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir asserted that only dialogue can bring peace in the Valley. He said, "Sooner or later, the central leadership will have to talk to Islamabad for lasting peace in the region."