Clarify stand on Kashmir’s territory: Omar to PDP

Sunday, February 13, 2011

JAMMU - Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday asked the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clarify its stand on the territorial integrity of the state after the party showed a part of the state inside China.

Abdullah told newsmen on the sidelines of a police function here Sunday: It is for the PDP to clarify the stand on the (geographical) status of the state.

He was answering a question on the PDPs power point presentation in Srinagar on Saturday showing the map of Jammu and Kashmir superimposed on foreign currency notes showing the state divided into three parts, one with India, another with Pakistan and a third with China.

While we want the borders and the Line of Control to become irrelevant where people can freely move from one part to the other, but the gifting away (on the map to any other country) is unacceptable.

Abdullah, who belongs to the National Conference, was also greatly angered by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti drawing parallels between the Kashmir protests of 2010 with that of the Egyptian revolt that led to the stepping down of Hosni Mubarak as president there.

Saturdays press conference of the PDP has heightened the war of words between the two political parties in the state.

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