J&K map row: PDP tells Govt don`t get `bullied` by China

Last Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 20:16

Srinagar/New Delhi: Opposition PDP on Monday
escalated the controversy over its map showing parts of J&K in China, provoking the Union Government saying it
should be more concerned over incursions in Leh region and not
get "bullied" by the dragon nation.

The Congress on its part stepped up pressure on PDP
asking the party to desist from such "pictorial adventurism"
and immediately withdraw the controversial map.

Indicating that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had
reacted a little hastily to the way J&K was depicted in
the map, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said though she had very
high regard for the minister he should rather focus on other
issues concerning China like the stapled visas for residents
of J&K and Arunachal Pradesh.

"They should do something about the Chinese incursions
into Leh region of our state. The Centre should not get
touchy, rattled or bullied by China," she said to a news agency.

Responding to the controversy over the PDP map which
shows Aksai Chin as part of China, Chidambaram sternly said
yesterday that the government will see what needs to be done
if the map was not a mistake.

Mehbooba said that the Centre should appreciate that
it is the "only party" which includes parts of J&K
illegally occupied by China in its scheme of resolution.

"We are the only party which has included the
territory of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by China in
our scheme of resolution to the issue and the Central
leadership should appreciate it," Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba, in a statement, said it was time for
Government of India to move beyond "management mindset" in
J&K to initiate actual resolution process that could close
the chapter of pain, suffering and uncertainty in the state.

She said PDP supported reunification of all
territories of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before the
partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

"Is it wrong to do that?" she asked.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed as
"completely immature" Mehbooba`s statement that the "Centre
should not get touchy, rattled or bullied by China".

"PDP`s descriptions of the map of Jammu and Kashmir
in yellow, greeen and red color is highly objectionable
....this kind of pictorial adventurism has long term
diplomatic and political implications....they are advised to
withdraw this map immediately," Tewari told reporters in New

Reminding PDP of Parliament resolution of 1994, Tewari
said the resolution passed unanimously clearly expressed
sentiments of Indian Parliament and people on Pak Occupied
Kashmir (PoK) and reiterated that the state was an inseparable
part of the country.

The main opposition party in J&K is at the
centre of a controversy after it displayed a map, during a
power-point presentation on Saturday, showing Aksai Chin
painted in red and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in green.

The depiction of the map is seen as an acceptance of
the occupation of these areas by the respective countries.


First Published: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 20:16

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