Hyderabad: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday claimed that Kashmir was and will always be an integral part of India. Furthermore, he warned Pakistan to stop meddling in Kashmir affairs.
“Pakistan should stop meddling in Kashmir affairs. Kashmir is and will always be an integral part of India. Even Kashmiris and Kashmir youth are an integral part,” the AIMIM president said.
Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress for not having a proper policy and vision to bring back normalcy in the Valley, the Hyderabad MP said, “I feel that there has to be a consistent policy on Kashmir which unfortunately is lacking.”
Replying to a question during a panel discussion organised at the Telangana Jagruthi International Youth Leadership Conference, Owaisi accused the BJP-led central government of not doing anything for Kashmiri Pandits.
Adding further, he said he has not seen so many lives being destroyed with pellet guns in the last eight years.
“The Kashmir problem cannot be treated in a James Bond or a Rambo style… Someone will have to show a statesman-like approach. There is alienation and things have to be done in a proper way,” he said.
Owaisi’s statement comes a day after the National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said ‘Kashmir would never go to Pakistan’. “Some crazy people used to talk about Pakistan, but which Pakistan? I always say that J&K will never go to Pakistan and it cannot even dare to get it,” Tribune India quoted the leader as saying.
The NC chief also slammed the BJP for not fulfilling its promise to bring Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley. “I would like to ask the Prime Minister that when are you taking them back?” he reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Owaisi also spoke over the issue of IAS officer Shah Faesal, who recently resigned from the civil services. He said that Faesal should chalk out his own independent political journey.
“… Let him chalk out his own independent political journey and that is what Kashmir requires. You do not want Kashmir’s political journey to be controlled by babus or IB officers sitting in Delhi,” the AIMIM chief said.
Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned on January 9, protesting the ‘unabated’ killings in Kashmir and the ‘marginalisation’ of Indian Muslims.