PoK Will Remain in Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah


Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) would remain with Pakistan, while Jammu and Kashmir would be with India.

“PoK is in Pakistan, and will remain. J&K is in India, and will remain. We need to understand this,” news agency ANI reported Abdullah as saying to reporters.

পাক অধিকৃত কাশ্মীর থাকবে পাকিস্তানেই: ফারুখ আবদুল্লা

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“War is not the solution, only lives are lost. Dialogue is the only option,” he added.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence and partition in 1947, two over Kashmir. Their disputed frontier is one of the world’s most heavily militarised regions.

Border clashes and incursions at the Line of Control also pose a constant risk of escalation of tension between the two countries.

As relations between the two neighbours continue to remain tense, Pakistan’s insistence that Kashmir is central to any talks has made it worse. New Delhi has maintained that Kashmir remains an integral part of India.

Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, had also served as a Union minister during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.