National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said Pakistan was not “wearing bangles” that it will allow India to “take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation.”
Addressing party workers in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the former chief minister said, “How long shall we keep saying that (PaK) is our part? It (PaK) is not their father’s propety. That (PaK) is Pakistan and this is India.”
He said 70 years have “passed but they (India) could not get it.”
“Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it, we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Abdullah said.
He also quoted poet-philosopher Allama Iqbal’s verses and said India “can’t enslave Kashmiris.”
“We are not their slaves. This land is ours. We are its owners. They may suppress us through army, police and these idiotic governments but they cannot extinguish our lamp.”
He said the Narendara Modi- government should “give us back our autonomy” and talk to Pakistan.
The Lok Sabha member from Srinagar had drawn criticism from BJP leaders last week when he said that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) belongs to Pakistan and it won’t change even if the two countries fight wars against each other.
A court in Bihar ordered an FIR against him on a lawyer’s petition.
“A case has been filed against me. That too by a Muslim. May God protect him. Look at his situation, he does not know Kashmir. He does not know our situation. They (Pakistan) drop a bomb, common people and soldiers die here (in Kashmir) and when a bomb is dropped from here, our people and soldiers also die there. Till when would this storm continue? Till when would the blood of innocents continue to flow,” Abdullah told his party workers.
He said he hoped a day would come when people would move freely across the Line of Control (LoC).
“A day will come when you will cross the Line of Control (LoC) in such a manner as if going from one house to another.
The NC president also said the time had come to start “reversing all central laws that were extended to the state after 1953 in continuation of the spirit of the state’s unique political arrangement with the rest of the country”.
He said the “erosion of the state’s autonomy is the genesis of the political problem in Jammu and Kashmir and created a sense of disenchantment and disillusionment among people”.
“The restoration of autonomy to JK is non-negotiable,” he asserted.
The former chief minister sought to remind Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his Independence Day speech where he underlined the need to embrace the people of Kashmir.
“Modi should now take concrete steps to engage with the people of Kashmir with full dignity and respect for their sentiments in a sustained effort to resolve the Kashmir issue.