Rajat Sharma

Farooq Abdullah Should Not Toe Pakistan’s Line 

Aaj ki Baat 21st July 2017 National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday stirred a hornets’ nest by remarking that India should use the mediation of third countries like the US and China to solve the Kashmir issue. This is exactly what Pakistan has been striving for the last several decades. Pakistan had been seeking US mediation on Kashmir, and the US stand had been that it is ready to help if both parties agree. Of late, China, trying to fish in troubled waters, has been offering mediation on Kashmir, though the fact remains that a large part of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has already been ceded to China by Pakistan. India’s stand on Kashmir has been very clear. India considers Jammu and Kashmir as its integral part and the Indian parliament has passed a resolution calling for the return of Pak Occupied Kashmir to India. On this issue, the entire Indian nation and all political parties are unanimous. There can be no compromise on the issue of J&K being an integral part of India.  India has also made it clear that any future talks with Pakistan will include the return of PoK to India. It would be better if Dr Farooq Abdullah understands the sentiments of the Indian people and stops toeing Pakistan’s line.

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