PoK is Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmri is India, nothing has changed in 70 years: Farooq Abdullah

farooq Abdullah on November 11 claimed that PoK belonged to Pakistan and that "this will not change", no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fought against each other.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017, 11:55 AM IST
PoK is Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmri is India, nothing has changed in 70 years: Farooq Abdullah

SRINAGAR: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday again stoked a controversy by reiterating that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to Pakistan.

Abdullah said Pakistan was "not weak and not wearing bangles to allow India to take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation".

While addressing a gathering in Uri area, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said, "Till how long the innocent lives will be killed? For seventy years they have been trying to occupy PoK, but have failed and now they say that it's our region."

"PoK is Pakistan and J&K is Hindustan," the NC supremo said.

Abdullah on November 11 claimed that PoK belonged to Pakistan and that "this will not change", no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fought against each other.

"Both India and Pakistan must sit together with the people of both parts of Kashmir and work out internal autonomy for both parts within the existing borders,” he had said.

Abdullah's remarks had kicked up storm with the BJP and its NDA allies reacting sharply against it.

His statement came days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had rejected the idea of an "independent Kashmir", saying it was not based on "reality".

Earlier, Abdullah had also said he does not have any expectations from newly-appointed J&K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma and the only way forward in Kashmir is restoration of autonomy to the state.

Notably, the separatist leaders like the Hurriyat hawk Syed Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and others have been asking the Indian government to involve Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asserted that entire Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, was an integral part of India.

"We have always held that Kashmir is an integral part of India. This has been our unequivocal stand on the issue. We hold that the whole of Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, is an integral part of the country," he told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly "Lok Samvad" (public interaction) programme.