Farooq Abdullah wants US, China help to resolve Kashmir issue

Posted July 23, 2017

Farooq Abdulla during an interview to a daily said, "For how long are you going to wait?"

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday dismissed Farooq Abdullah's suggestion to involve a third party to resolve the Kashmir conflict. They (Pakistan) have atom bomb, so have you.

He was responding to reporters who asked if he desired a third party to intervene in the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

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

In response to India's denial to offer Friday prayers to Kashmiris in occupied valley, Nafees Zakaria, FO spokesman, said the restriction was "in violation of relevant worldwide laws on religious freedom and fundamental rights" and termed it "deplorable". The Congress vice-president's statement is in stark contrast to the remarks on Kashmir made by his former ally Farooq Abdullah.

The BJP and like-minded parties have strongly criticised Farooq for his statement, while many people took to social media platforms to condemn him.

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China on July 13 said it was willing to play a "constructive role" in improving relations between India and Pakistan, but the Ministry of External Affairs today rejected any external help. "Some solution should come out for (ending) this and the solution will come only then when we, both the countries, respect these agreements", she said. Besides, she said, China has its own problem in Tibet.

Recently in one of its statements, the U.S. described it as "Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir" and this week it said the "Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir". The border is still there... He stressed that instead of talks with Pakistan and China, there should be discussions on Kashmir. How much more losses you want... "You won't find anything by being rigid", he added. She said that countries that are themselves surrounded by problems will not be able to help resolve the Kashmir issue. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants fighting since 1989 to secede Kashmir.

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