Pakistan not weak to allow India to take Azad Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

Pakistan not weak to allow India to take Azad Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah

No one can stop India if it wanted to wrest Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from the neighbouring country, Union minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir said on Thursday, stressing that the territory was a part of India.

India, however, maintains that PoK belongs to India, as it was invaded by Pakistan in 1947. India hasn't been able to acquire the land in 70 years.

Speaking to supporters at a rally in Uri, the National Conference chief said: "How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part?"

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on August 15, Dr. Abdullah said he should take concrete steps to engage with the people of Kashmir with dignity and show respect for their sentiments.

Abdullah had, on Saturday, said talks of an independent Kashmir were "wrong" as the landlocked valley was surrounded by three nuclear powers - China, Pakistan and India.

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India, however, maintains that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India as it was invaded by Pakistan in 1947.

A court in Bihar's West Champaran district of Bihar has ordered an FIR against Farooq Abdullah over his controversial remarks.

Abdullah, however, remained unperturbed and said, "I welcome the FIR". "A case has been filed against me". Till when will this storm continue?

"We have always held that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Have belief on this that such a day will come and without that, there would be no peace in this country", he said.

He said the "erosion of the state's autonomy is the genesis of the political problem in Jammu and Kashmir, and created a sense of disenchantment and disillusionment among people". "The restoration of autonomy to J&K is non-negotiable".

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