Treason charge against Farooq Abdullah over Azad Kashmir remarks

Nitish differs with opinion of Farooq on solution to Kashmir dispute

Responding to the statement made by Farooq Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Rishi Kapoor wrote: "I am 65 years old and I want to see Pakistan before I die".

To add on to the controversy, Abdullah said that PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) belonged to Pakistan and that "this will not change"- despite how many wars India and Pakistan fought.

The court passed the orders after a lawyer filed a petition against Abdullah for saying that Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) belonged to Pakistan and "this side" belongs to India.

"Jammu and Kashmir is landlocked and surrounded by nuclear powers - China, Pakistan and India", he had said.

The remark also provoked sharp reactions from BJP and its allies in the NDA.

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Earlier, Abdullah had said he does not have any expectations from newly-appointed J&K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma and the only way forward in Kashmir is restoration of autonomy to the state.

The National Conference president had also said that "independent Kashmir" was not a reality, according to The Hindu.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asserted that entire Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, was an integral part of India.

On the demand for autonomy, he said that while the state made a decision to join India out of love, the country "betrayed" the people of Kashmir and did not treat them well.

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