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At the moment, Kashmiris would rather be ruled by China than India says Farooq Abdullah

Kashmiris Prefer to be Ruled by China Rather Than India: Abdullah

NEW DELHI – Former Chief Minister of Occupied India Kashmir (IoK) Farooq Abdullah, in a passionate interview with an Indian publication, said that at present, the citizens of occupied Jammu and Kashmir by India would instead be ruled by China than part of India.
Jammu and Kashmir’s most prominent “pro-India” face, Abdullah, who has led the National Conference party for four decades, also described the plight of the Kashmiris as slaves treated like second-class citizens.
In a 44-minute interview with The Wire, he vigorously refuted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claim that the people of Kashmir accepted the August 2019 changes to India’s territorial status simply because they there were no demonstrations.
“If the soldiers from every street and Section 144 are to be lifted, people will come out in their tens of lakhs,” he said, adding that the new domicile law was aimed at making the area a Hindu majority, which, he said, made the Kashmiri people even more bitter.
Asked how Kashmiris perceive the BJP government and, in particular, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Secretary Amit Shah, the minister said they were deeply disillusioned.
They had no confidence in the BJP government.
“The trust that once bound Kashmir to the rest of the country has completely broken down,” he added.
Revealing details of his meeting with Narendra Modi some 72 hours before August 5, 2019, when the constitutional changes in Kashmir were announced, he said he had met with the prime minister to get assurances on the retention of Articles 370 and 35A. He also asked the Indian Prime Minister why there were so many soldiers in the valley and if this was due to a perceived military threat.
Abdullah suggested that the Indian prime minister deliberately went out of his way to give him the impression that the massive troop increase was for security purposes.
He noted that Modi did not say a word on Articles 370 and 35A. Therefore, Abdullah from this meeting got the impression that the two items were not in danger. When asked, he admitted that the Prime Minister had misled and deceived him.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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