Srinagar: Former Union Minister and Congress leader Saifuddin Soz while rebutting Narendra Modi said that Sardar Patel ‘consistently’ offered Kashmir to Pakistan.
Modi recently had said in the Parliament that had Patel been the first Prime Minister of India, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’
Soz, however, said that, instead of Kashmir, Liaquat Ali Khan was ‘stubbornly obsessed’ with the imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan.
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Soz also pointed out that his forthcoming book, Kashmir: The Complete Story, has all the details about it.
“Patel consistently offered Kashmir to Pakistan, but Liaquat Ali Khan remained stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan which was neither connected by rail nor road with Pakistan.”
In the statement, Soz said in their books, Chaudhre Mohammad Ali, former Pakistan prime minister, and former minister and senior Muslim leader Sirdar Shaukat Hayat Khan lamented Liaquat Ali Khan’s attitude.
He added in his statement that ‘History is based on facts and it can hardly help politicians who present their own perceptions as facts of history.’
“I propose Prime Minister Modi to start a serious study on the history of India’s Freedom Struggle for his better understanding on Nehru and his relationship with Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.