Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah has made a sensational claim at the launch event of Barkha Dutt’s book ‘This Unquiet Land: Stories From India’s Fault Lines.’ He said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was ready to make the Line of Control, a permanent border and had in fact offered this solution to Pakistan
during his visit to Lahore in 1999.
Abdullah challenged the elite audience (comprising of prominent persons from politics, media and bureaucracy) either to suggest a solution to Kashmir issue or agree with his views that calls for PoK with Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir with India.
Abdullah also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for engaging with Pakistan once again.
The Abdullah family has ruled the Jammu and Kashmir state intermittently after 1947.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Vikram seth, Jjaved Akther and Shabana Azmi were among the prominent personalities who attended the event.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against the former J&K chief minister for his statement over his recent remarks that allegedly insulted the Indian Army. Local lawyer Thakur Chandan Kumar has filed a case against Abdullah over the statement
, which he felt insulted the Indian Army and violated the constitution. The court of the chief judicial magistrate in Sitamarhi district (Bihar), after hearing the case, ordered that an FIR be filed against Abdullah in Dumri police station.
When pressed to clarify his stand, Abdullah said: “I have been saying for years that (PoK) is a part of India. But what did you do? Did you take it as a part of India?” The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also said: “War is not the solution, only lives are lost. Dialogue is the only option.” His comment drew sharp reactions.