AJK will remain with Pakistan, says former Indian-occupied Kashmir CM

Dr Farooq Abdullah says dialogue, not war, is the solution for Kashmir dispute


Web Desk November 27, 2015
Indian-held Kashmir will remain a part of India, former CM Indian-administered Kashmir said. PHOTO: AFP

Former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah said on Friday that Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) would remain a part of Pakistan, NDTV reported.

"AJK is in Pakistan and will remain, similarly Indian-held Kashmir will remain a part of India. We need to understand this," he said, while addressing the media in Indian Kashmir.

He added that war is not the solution and only lives are lost as a result of it. “Dialogue is the only option," he insisted.

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According to reports, Abdullah's statement provoked a strong reaction as union minister Jitender Singh, who said, "How can we forget that in 1994, there was a unanimous resolution passed in Parliament regarding how to deal with Pakistan's claim on Kashmir?

"The position of the government has been very clear on this issue, there are no two ways about it," Singh stated.

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Further, India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker and former home secretary RK Singh denounced Abdullah’s statements, claiming, "This is a bogus statement, it is AJK which is illegally occupied by Pakistan."

This article originally appeared on NDTV

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Tatvavetta | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Nothing belongs to nobody. Man is born free by Allah's will on earth to live a peaceful , joyful,healthy life. Everyone should be able to live anywhere fearlessly. Few of those who claim ownership and create terror ,fear, threats should be eliminated for sake Safety ,Joy, Equal opportunities and happiness of masses. Punjab for Punjabis, Kashmir for Kashmiries,India for Hindus,Tamilnadu for Tamilians ,Pakistan for Muslims is wrong. These divisions in countries is for administrative convenience and not for wishes of smaller pressure groups. It is convenient to manage large territories and economies such as China, Russia, USA, India. There no sense in forming smaller countries and nations. European Union is formed with these considerations.In due course of times more integration such as EU are expected. Those fighting for Kashmir should keep this in mind.
UL | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Sandip: So you had to jump right in, and look silly too? I am flattered by your obsession with Pakistan.
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