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Farooq Abdullah’s statement of POK causes controversy

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah said Pakistan occupied Kashmir
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah said Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to Islamabad. Abdullah had said on Saturday that PoK belongs to Pakistan and “this won’t change”, no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight.

This statement has caused a big controversy as expected. “Kashmir is an integral part of India. People talking about independent Kashmir should go to Pakistan or else our security forces are ready with AK47s at the border to deal with them,” the VHP’s working international president Praveen Togadia said.

However Farooq also found support from popular Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor. “Farooq Abdhulla ji, Salaam! Totally agree with you,sir. J&K is ours, and PoK is theirs. This is the only way we can solve our problem. Accept it, I am 65 years old and I want to see Pakistan before I die. I want my children to see their roots. Bas karva Dijiye. Jai Mata Di !,” tweeted Rishi.

Meanwhile Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said power-hungry politicians have always played deceit with people. He asked Farooq Abdullah to revisit annals of history and stated that former puppet Chief Minister was speaking against the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The territory lies west of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, and was previously part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir war fought between India and Pakistan in 1947.

The territory has a parliamentary form of government modeled after the Westminster system, with its capital located at Muzaffarabad The President of Azad Kashmir is the constitutional head of the state, while the prime minister, supported by a Council of Ministers, is the chief executive. The unicameral Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly elects both the prime minister and president.

India has never given up its claim on the region, though Pakistan has the administration control over PoK. Through decades all the efforts of resolving the issue has seen failure over and over again. Neither people from Pakistan, India or the world know the true story behind PoK and why the issue cannot be resolved peacefully.

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