Pakistan living in fool’s paradise; Kashmir was, is and will remain integral part of India: Farooq Abdullah

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Pakistan is living in a fool’s paradise in thinking that it could ever capture Kashmir, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday.

The National Conference chief emphatically said “Kashmir was, is, and will remain an integral part of India”. “Pakistan is living in a fool’s paradise in thinking that it could ever capture Kashmir. Pakistan should better think of itself and its future rather than keeping an eye on Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters at Imperial Golf Club in Mullanpur, about 25 kilometres from Ludhiana.

In reply to a question, Abdullah said that peaceful co-existence was the only solution and war would lead to total destruction of all. “War would only spell disaster, the type of which can be seen in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and some other nations,” he said. Abdullah on Sunday warned that India would not keep from waging war on Pakistan if it did not stop sending terrorists. His remark came after Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked an Army camp in Jammu, killing two junior commissioned officers and injuring 6 others, including a Major and a daughter of an Army personnel.

“If Pakistan continued to send militants, India would not stop itself from waging war against it,” he said .

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Meanwhile, he also responded on a senior lawmaker of the National Conference raising Pro-Pakistan slogans in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. “Fools could be found in every party. God knows what he had eaten up or consumed on that day. But we cannot shoot him now,” he said when asked to react on party MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone’s pro-Pakistan sloganeering yesterday.

Notably, the NC has already distanced itself from Lone’s sloganeering which had come at a time when the operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjwan camp in Jammu was underway. To a question, Abdullah expressed grave concern over the unabated rise in the prices of petroleum products. Meanwhile, the NC president called upon the union government to promote the game of golf through ministry of sports.

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