Advani says J&K could have gone East Pakistan way

Senior BJP leader LK Advani compared Jawaharlal Nehru`s approach to the Kashmir issue with Pakistan`s handling of erstwhile East Bengal.

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday compared Jawaharlal Nehru`s approach to the Kashmir issue with Pakistan`s handling of erstwhile East Bengal which led to creation of Bangladesh and indicated that a similar outcome could have taken place in case of Jammu and Kashmir.

He maintained that the "gross mishandling" by the central government of the BJP`s `Tiranga Yatra` reveals that the Congress has "still not abandoned the distorted thinking about J-K state which made the government commit those early follies".

"Pakistan`s leadership mishandled the eastern wing of Pakistan. The result has been an independent Bangladesh. Nehru`s handling of J & K, his reference to UN the issue of Pakistan`s aggression on the state, and his conceding a separate constitution and a separate flag to the state? Could have had similar disastrous consequences," Advani said in his blog.
The senior leader criticised the Omar Abdullah government for its role in stopping the BJP`s yatra to hoist the national flag at Srinagar`s Lal Chowk and accused it of being soft towards the separatists.

"It is a shame that in this largest republican country of the world, two top-most political leaders of the country, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Leaders of the Opposition respectively in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha should have had to observe Republic Day in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir government," Advani said.
He alleged that the separatists "challengingly flaunt" the Pakistani flag at Lal Chowk and had hoisted it on Eid.

"While on the one hand Yasin Malik, the most brazen spokesman of the separatists, had been shouting day in and day out-- `Let us see who dares hoist a tricolour at Lal Chowk`-- it was disgusting to see the state government virtually make the mere carrying of the tricolour a crime," Advani said.

He claimed that the police arrested the tricolour bearers seen anywhere near the Lal Chowk and beat them up after arresting them.


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