Srinagar: Asserting that internal autonomy will bring peace in both parts of Kashmir, National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah categorically ruled out the option of independence for Jammu and Kashmir.
“If we (Kashmiris) want to live in peace, the ideal solution is to grant autonomy to both parts of Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters after the conclusion of a function at party headquarters Srinagar here on Saturday. “As far as independence is concerned for Kashmir, it is not an option,” he said.
He explained: “Kashmir is a landlocked region surrounded by nuclear powers. On one side you have India, on the other China and Pakistan. They have nuclear bombs. We have nothing except Allah’s name. Those who are talking about Azadi are talking wrong.”
The former chief minister said that there will be no change in the status quo on Kashmir.
“Let me tell you clearly, the part of Kashmir lying with Pakistan will remain so. And the part lying with India will remain so,” Abdullah said. “It will not change. Let both the countries fight any number of wars. The ground will not change.”
He urged the Government of India (GOI) to restore the internal autonomy as it was the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Recently, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ruled out independence for Kashmir, saying the premise was not based on reality and as per United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani recently said that Kashmir was naturally a part of Pakistan.
Abdullah said that India has not treated Kashmiris well. He said the love and affection of Kashmiris was not reciprocated — the prime reason for the current Kashmir situation.
He further stated that the GoI time and again talks of liberating the Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
“You talk of taking the other side often,” Abdullah said. “Let me remind you, we have signed the instrument of accession with the union of India on certain conditions. Why do you forget that? If that side is ours, then you should talk about the accession too.”