Farooq Abdullah's statement on 'Kashmir issue' triggers controversy

Hope Soto
July 23, 2017

"The issues between India and Pakistan can be resolved through talks", she said, adding that "our elderly leaders including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Indira Gandhi have shown us a path to resolve the issue".

Mehbooba asked Abdullah whether he wanted the situation in Kashmir to be similar to what it was in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq where the United States had intervened.

Mufti's comments come a day after, former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah courted controversy after he said that India should take help of ally countries like USA and China to resolve Indo-Pak conflict in Kashmir. "Does Farooq sahab wants same thing to happen to us", she added. Pakistan stands isolated in the world today, Prasad said, noting that the USA had called it a safe haven for terrorists. "We have to talk bilaterally, and what can America, Turkey or England do with us?" she told reporters at Anantnag in south Kashmir.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, however, criticised Farooq Abdullah's remark and said Kashmir issue was an internal matter of India. India has so many friends all across the world and can ask them to act as a mediator.

"Out of power, Mr Abdullah is speaking the language of separatists and of Pakistan". Will you wait for 1,000 years? "Kashmir is India, India is Kashmir", he said. The National conference chief said, "You have to catch the bull by the horns, sometimes you have do it".

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"(US President Donald) Trump himself has said he wants to settle the Kashmir problem.

Defending his father's comment, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "Talk about spinning a statement". You have an atom bomb and they too have atom bomb.

The CM said that dialogue is imperative as the two countries face pressing development issues.

In an interaction with a visiting Press Council of India (PCI) team here, Mufti alleged, "A section of the country's media has been indulging in debates, discussions and reportage about the state and its people, most of which is far from reality".

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