Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that Muhammad Ali Jinnah didn’t want a separate country for Muslims, but happened because Indian leaders’ refused to accept minority status for Muslims and Sikh in the country.
“Jinnah was not going to divide the country. The commission was delivered and the decision was taken that India would be divided,” said Abdullah.
Abdullah further said that the Indian political leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel’s refused to the commission that led to Jinnah’s demand for Pakistan.
“Jinnah agreed but Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, and Sardar Patel did not agree. When this did not happen it was then that Jinnah demanded Pakistan. Or else there would have been no separation. There would have been no Bangladesh, no Pakistan; there would have been one India,” said Abdullah.
This is not the first time Farooq Abdullah made such a controversial remark. Earlier, Abdullah stirred much controversy for unusual remarks on Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). Abdullah on November 11 said that PaK belonged to Pakistan and ‘this won’t change’ no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fight.
just a few days after making controversial PoK statement, Abdullah made another shocking assertion, which virtually asks India to give up its rights over Pak administered Kashmir (PaK).
“Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have the atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Abdullah said.
(With ANI inputs)