National Conference leader and President Farooq Abdullah asserted that India lacks the power to take “China-occupied Kashmir” back from Beijing.
“We can only talk about it, but do not have the power to take it back,” Farooq told a local news gathering agency. He advised that the only way to resolve the escalating tension with China is to be friends with them, as war is not a solution.
“India should enhance their diplomatic channels and use them to resolve this matter. China is Pakistan’s friend, had we maintained our friendship with China, they would not have been friends with Pakistan,” he was quoted as having said.
Farooq asserted that China’s motive is to take over the Karakoram by-pass an important pass on the erstwhile silk route. This way China can have access to the market in Central Asia and will connect them to various ports.
“Dalai Lama is another issue. They are asking to send him out of the country. India cannot throw someone out of the country,” he said.
Farooq, who was elected to the LokSabha from Srinagar Constituency also took oath as a Lok Sabha member.
Farooq was elected to the lower house of the parliament after defeating PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan.