PoK belongs to Pakistan, talks with neighbour must for peace in Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah


Srinagar: In what comes as an absolutely shocker, the Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that PoK region (Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir) “rightfully belongs to Pakistan.”

Farooq Abdullah, did not hesitated in saying that Jammu and Kashmir is as much India‘s part as PoK is rightfully Pakistan’s. No one can have the entire region on ones hand. If the Government of India wants some peace in the valley, it will have to hold talks to Pakistan, said the National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah.

“There is nothing like freedom here. We are landlocked. On one side we have China, Pakistan on the other side, and India on the third side. All three of them have atom bombs. We have nothing except Allah’s name. Those who are talking about Azaadi are talking wrong” said Abdullah.

“I am telling the world clearly. The part which is with Pakistan belongs to Pakistan and this is India’s part. If they want peace, the government will have to talk to Pakistan and will have to give autonomy to us as well as to them,” Abdullah told the media on Saturday.

“A Pakistan Minister very rightly said that you forget that the part which is yours was acquired by an Instrument of Accession. You forget Instrument of accession and say that the part is yours. If you talk about this being your part then remember the Instrument as well,” he added.

Farooq Abdullah was speaking about the Central government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma’s conversations with all parties in Jammu and Kashmir.

“He (Sharma) has held talks but talks alone is not the solution. This issue is between India & Pakistan. Indian govt must also hold talks with Pakistan govt because a part of Kashmir is also with them,” Abdullah said.

Farooq Abdullah and controversial statements go hand in hand.

This statement is being viewed as by many experts as a betrayal of national interest by the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference Chief, who has said such things earlier as well.

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