Independence was not an option for landlocked Kashmir surrounded by three nuclear powers, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday.
“There is no question of azadi. We are landlocked. We have China, Pakistan and India on three sides. All of them have atom bombs. We have nothing except Allah. Therefore, those who talk of azadi are talking wrong,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function at the party headquarters in Srinagar.
The Member Parliament and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister accused India of “betraying Kashmiris.”
“India didn’t treat us well. India betrayed us. They didn’t recognize the love with which we had gone to them. That is the reason behind the current situation in Kashmir. They usurped our rights,” he said.
Abdullah said that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) belongs to Pakistan and “this side” to India . “I have been saying this not only to Indian people but also to the world that the part which is with Pakistan belongs to Pakistan and this side is of India India. This won’t change. Let them fight as many wars as they want to. This won’t change. They will have to talk,” said Abdullah.
He again pitched for India and Pakistan granting “autonomy” to the “divided parts of Kashmir under their control.”
Regarding the appointment of interlocutor, Abdullah said India will have to talk to Pakistan as well as Kashmiris.