New Delhi: Contending that most people of
Jammu and Kashmir, including areas under Pakistani occupation,
want to be with India, National Conference leader Farooq
Abdullah today ridiculed demands for "independence", saying
said the separatists were not aware of its consequences.
Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the
situation in Kashmir, the Union Minister warned that the state
would face the problems as are posed by elements like Taliban
in Afghanistan and Pakistan if it became independent.
He pressed for autonomy for the state, saying such a step
would make India truly federal and strong.
"Most Kashmiris want to find a solution to the problems
within India... We want to find a solution to the problem
within India...not in Pakistan, China or in America," said the
former Chief Minister, whose party is in power in the state.
"We want Jammu and Kashmir of Raja Hari Singh," he said
making it clear that he wanted re-integration of
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas with other parts
of the state as existed before 1947.
Making a strong plea to political parties, particularly
the BJP, to understand the sentiments of the people of the
state, he said the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, including the
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas, would remain
part of India.
"Those in Kashmir demanding `azadi` (independence) have
not realised the consequences of such a demand. Kashmir too
faces a threat from Taliban elements and a situation similar
to Afghanistan and Pakistan will arise in the state too (if
independence is granted)," Abdullah said.
He warned about the dangerous consequences of independence
as he stated that he had visited Jalalabad in Afghanistan
where he had seen that not a single building or a house was
"Is that the kind of freedom we want? Those demanding
independence, don`t they see the situation in Afghanistan," he
said, while pointing out that "Taliban and other terror groups
have wrecked havoc in Pakistan and Afghanistan."