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Farooq rebukes Indian minister, says ‘we can’t take anything back from Pakistan’

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah rebuked the claims of Indian minister Jitendra Singh who on Sunday had claimed that to take Pakistan-administered Kashmir from Pakistan was next on the agenda of Narendra Modi government.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said: “we can’t take anything back’ from Pakistan”.

Abdullah once again batted for talks with the Imran Khan government saying that India could not take back anything, it should rather work towards fixing the disputed area.

”I have said numerous times that we have to hold talks with Pakistan. You keep giving threats that you will take this or that, the situation will not be solved. If you can talk with China, which is inside our territory, and is increasing its presence in Arunachal, why can you not talk to someone who is so close to us (Pakistan)? We don’t have anything to give, and we can’t take anything, so we have to work towards fixing the land,” the National Conference leader said. 

Singh had said the partition of the Indian subcontinent was the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind and added that while India suffered the tragedy of partition, “Jammu and Kashmir suffered the second tragedy of losing out a part of the erstwhile state to illegal occupation of Pakistan”.

He said it was always believed and said that Article 370 would never be abrogated but under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this was made possible and in the same way, the resolve to retrieve PoJK would also be accomplished.

Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister Modi’s Office, claimed retrieving PaK is not only a political and national agenda but also a responsibility towards the respect for human rights because “our brethren there are living in inhuman conditions” and have been mercilessly denied even basic amenities like healthcare and education.

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