Kashmir is political issue, needs political solution with none among India, Pakistan should feel betrayed: Farooq Abdullah

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SRINAGAR, JULY 11 (PTK):  Regional National Conference (NC) patron and Member Parliament (MP) Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said Kashmir is a political issue which needs a political solution in such a way that no party (India or Pakistan) should feel betrayed.

Farooq Abdullah said “Kashmir is a dispute between two countries [India and Pakistan]. The issue is still in the United Nations. The UN observers are still here and in Pakistan held Kashmir. The issue should be resolved and it will be resolved only when they talk to each other and when India will talk to people here in Kashmir and Pakistan with the people in Azad Kashmir”.

He further said neither India nor Pakistan should feel betrayed by the solution.

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“Opening of channels of dialogue between the Centre and the state would lead to a successful outcome. We have been hearing the catchwords of ‘Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat and Insaniyat’ for long now, however, nothing substantial has been done to materialise them,” he said.

“All the three divisions of the state be it Jammu, Ladakh or Kashmir should acknowledge that political solution. Moreover, neither India nor Pakistan should feel betrayed by the solution,” Abdullah said.

Farooq Abdullah added “In 1947, India was a different country. But today, it has changed because they want Hindu Rashtra now and that’s why they are trying to open RSS branches with an aim to divide the people of Kashmir.

“Nothing will be achieved by military might or force or coercion including by NIA,” he said.

“We have to find a permanent solution of the issue to the satisfaction of all the stake holder, including India and Pakistan,” the president of the National Conference (NC) Dr Abdullah told reporters after paying floral tributes and offering fateha to his mother Begum Akbar Jehan on her 19 death anniversary at Naseem Bagh on the bank of Dal Lake in Hazratbal today.  (PTK)

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