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India does not have power to ‘retrieve’ PoK: Farooq Abdullah

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Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah defended his assertion that “PoK is part of Pakistan and will remain with it”, saying neither New Delhi has the power to retrieve that side of the divided line, nor would Islamabad be able to take this part of Kashmir.

“After doing politics all these years, I do not see that we have the power to retrieve that (PoK) or they (Pakistan) can retrieve this (J-K),” Abdullah, who is also the president of opposition National Conference (NC), told reporters here.

He said by that formula Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir(PoK) “will become Pakistan’s region with the similar autonomy that we have and by that then the borders will become easy and everybody from here can have access to that place and everybody from that Kashmir can have access to this place”.

“So, we can trade, our boys can marry girls from there and their boys can marry girls from here. It will be, you know, like a joint a joint family. That will settle many of problems of India and Pakistan. “Once this is acceptable, then we will not need all the troops here and they will not need to put all the troops there. And we will have a happy situation,” he said.

Abdullah said the only “trouble” with that solution is that the “shops of those who want the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to remain as such will close down.” “They are surviving because of the division and their shops will close once there is a solution,” he said, referring to those who criticised his remarks.

Reacting to the criticism of the BJP, the former Union Minister said it was a suggestion put forth by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who belonged to the BJP. “Vajpayee went to Pakistan via bus and he spoke to (Pakistan Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif.

He suggested him to keep that (PoK) and we will keep this (J-K). “He was BJP PM, was he not? When he gave this suggestion then, why are they (BJP) enraged now? If they have any other solution and they think they can occupy that (PoK) by military might, why are they not doing that then?” Abdullah asked.

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