Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday sparked controversy when he said that India lacked guts to take back parts of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an apology from Farooq.
Addressing a rally in Kishtwar district, the National Conference president said India and Pakistan needed to talk and solve the Kashmir issue because "war is no solution".
"Pakistan is one of the stakeholder which the government of India has itself accepted. There was a resolution on this, which says that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is the part of India. Kya yeh tumhare baap ka hai? (Is this your ancestral property)," he said.
"The government of India has no guts to take back (parts of Kashmir) from Pakistan, neither Pakistan has guts to snatch Kashmir from India. In between, innocent people of Kashmir are suffering and border residents have become the cannon fodder due to escalating tensions."
The Bharatiya Janata Party today condemned former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah`s assertion.
"It is extremely condemnable if it is true. It needs to be clarified. How can he make such a statement? Is he not aware of the resolution of Parliament on this? Can he use such kind of intemperate language related to India`s sovereignty?" asked BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.
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