Independence no option, we are landlocked, surrounded by nuclear powers, says Abdullah

Srinagar: National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that independence of Kashmir is not an option as it is land locked and surrounded by nuclear powers.

“Farooq Abdullah says that there is nothing like freedom here. We are landlocked. On one side we have China, Pakistan on the other side and India on the third side. All three of them have atom bombs. We have nothing except Allah’s name,” said Abdullah.

He added, “Those who are talking about Azadi are wrong,” he said on the sidelines of a function.

Abdullah said that India didn’t recognize the ‘love with which Kashmiris chose to join them’.

“India didn’t treat us well. India betrayed us. They didn’t recognize the love with which we chose to join them. That is the reason behind the current situation in Kashmir,” he said.

He said that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) belongs to Pakistan.

“I tell them in plain terms – not only to Indians but also to the world – that PaK belongs to Pakistan and this side to India. This won’t change. Let them fight how many wars they want to. This won’t change,” said Abdullah.

Abdullah also refused to react to the Hurriyat’s demand of plebiscite in the state. “Farooq Abdullah is not part of Hurriyat. I can’t talk about Hurriyat,” he said.

The Member of Parliament from Srinagar reiterated that once Autonomy, which is our right is restored, peace will return to the state.

“Internal autonomy is our right. They should restore it. Only then the peace will return.”

He reminded the Centre of the Instrument of Accession signed by the Maharaja with the Government of India.

“You don’t remember the instrument of accession and claim the other side of Kashmir administered by Pakistan. If that side is our then you should talk about the accession too. Why do you forget the conditions on which we have acceded,” said Abdullah.


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