Kashmiris would like to be rules by China than be a part of India, claims former CM Farooq Abdullah

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Kashmiris would like to be rules by China than be a part of India, claims former CM Farooq Abdullah

NEW DELHI: Former chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) Farooq Abdullah, in a passionate interview to an Indian publication, has said that at the moment, citizens of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir would rather be ruled by China than be a part of India.

The most prominent ‘pro-India’ face in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah, who heads the National Conference party and had been for the past four decades, also described the plight of Kashmiris as slaves who were being treated like second-class citizens.

In a 44-minute interview to *The Wire*, he strongly refuted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s claim that the people of Kashmir have accepted the August 2019 changes to India's territorial status just because there have been no protests.

"If the soldiers on every street and Section 144 are to be lifted, people will come out in their tens of lakhs," he said, adding that the new domicile law was intended to make the region a Hindu majority area, which, he said, has further embittered the Kashmiri people

When asked as to how Kashmiris view the BJP government and, in particular, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the minister said they were deeply disillusioned.