India has betrayed Kashmiris: Pro India NC President Farooq Abdullah

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SRINAGAR: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) rightfully belongs to Pakistan but an ‘independent Kashmir’ is not a reality.

“I am telling the world clearly. The part (of the divided Kashmiri state) which is with Pakistan belongs to Pakistan and this is India’s part. If they want peace, the (Indian) government will have to talk to Pakistan and will have to give autonomy to us as well as to them,” he told the media.

“Jammu Kashmir is landlocked and surrounded by nuclear powers Pakistan, China and India. All three of them have atom bombs. We have nothing except Almighty Allah’s name. Those who are talking about freedom are talking wrong,” he said.

Dr Abdullah, who represents Srinagar in the Indian parliament, also accused India of betraying the Kashmiri state. “India didn’t treat us well. India betrayed us. They didn’t recognise the love with which we ‘chose to join’ them. That is the reason behind the current situation in the state,” he said.

“A Pakistan minister very rightly said that you forget that the part which is yours was acquired by an ‘Instrument of Accession.’ You forget ‘Instrument of Accession’ and say that the part is yours. If you talk about this being your part then remember the ‘instrument’ as well,” he added.

The former chief minister was speaking about the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma’s conversations with different parties and groups in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK). “He (Sharma) has held talks but talks alone is not the solution,” he said.

“This issue is between Pakistan and India. The Indian government must also hold talks with Pakistan government because a part of Kashmir is also with them,” he said. Hours after India appointed Sharma to hold talks with Kashmiri stakeholders, Abdullah had suggested that the interlocutor should hold talks with Pakistan as well.

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