Don’t cut India into more pieces, I stand by PoK remark, says Farooq Abdullah


JAMMU: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday slammed the Centre over alleged policies that create communal tension and warned against ‘cutting the country into more pieces’.

‘You have made one Pakistan, how many Pakistans will you make, how many pieces will you cut India into?’ he asked at a rally here.

Abdullah also defended his recent remarks on Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, which has triggered a major controversy.

“Yes, I say it (PoK) belongs to them (Pakistan). Are they (Pakistan) wearing bangles? They also have atom bombs! Do you want us to be killed by them?

“You are sitting in palaces, think about the poor people living in border areas, who are bombed daily,” Abdullah said.

His latest salvo against the Centre comes after a social activist here on Saturday filed a complaint with the district magistrate against him for his PoK remark.

He has sought registration of sedition cases against the former chief minister and actor Rishi Kapoor for their remarks on the PoK.

Sukesh Khajuria, a former member of the prominent citizen’s advisory committee constituted by the state government, sought action under section 196 of the CrPC against them for “accepting PoK as part of Pakistan”.

In the application, he said they should be booked under section 124-A of the Ranbir Penal Code (Sedition) and other provisions of law.

On November 11, Abdullah had told reporters that PoK belonged to Pakistan and “this won’t change” no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight.

In his complaint, Khajuria said Kapoor had backed Abdullah and tweeted that “Jammu and Kashmir is ours, and PoK is theirs. This is the only way we can solve our problem”.