“Several political parties in J&K have abused and accused former Chief Minister of J&K, Dr. Farooq Abdullah for his statement vis-à-vis POK. The political parties which remained in power in J&K including the Congress and those which are ruling today including BJP have to measure the yardsticks vis-à-vis present political scenario on both sides of J&K. The statement of Dr. Farooq Abdullah has irked several political parties including Congress and BJP which he made three days back in Kishtwar, Jammu province saying that POK was not personal property of India. The political leadership in the country should evaluate the contents of the entire statement of the son of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah who played a leading role in support of Maharaja’s decision to integrate J&K with the Union of India in 1947.” Prof.Bhim Singh, an expert on J&K affairs and an uncompromising political visionary said this morning while talking to the media persons in New Delhi.
Prof.Bhim Singh asked the ruling BJP leaders and the frustrated Congress men to come out openly to spell out the ‘blunders’ committed by the National Conference and the blunders committed by the Congress and BJP who have been ruling the country since 1950. Prof.Bhim Singh asked the shouting brigade of BJP and Congress why they could not vacate POK and Gilgit (nearly 32,000 sq. miles of J&K territory till today). Prof.Bhim Singh questioned the Congress and BJP who have been ruling one after the other to explain their conduct why they could not vacate POK? But they think about Gilgit region which has been grabed by Pakistan and annexed with Pakistan since 2009? What they think about the J&K territory which has been handed over by Pakistan under Rawalpindi Agreement? Why these parties and their respective governments have remained silence on the territory occupied by China in the Gilgit region and in the Ladakh sector?
Those who are shouting today against Farooq Abdullah as great loyalists should have replied the main question why they could not liberate Gilgit and POK or why could not they even claim Gilgit region as part of POK occupied by Pakistan since 1948?
Prof.Bhim Singh said that no doubt that former Chief Minister feels frustrated and lonely yet what he spoke the other day, though undesirable, yet has to be understood that POK (4500 sq. miles) minus Gilgit region has been working under full control of Pakistan. The Govt. of India has given up its claim vis-à-vis POK as well as Gilgit region. The ground reality and truth has to be accepted. Dr.Farooq Abdullah’s statement deserve to be analyzed and weighed in right prospective as per India’s agreements with Pakistan Tashkent (1966) or Shimla (1972).
The people of India and Pakistan have accepted the reality and the international situation vis-à-vis former State of J&K that J&K is integral part of the Union of India as per the decision of the ruler of J&K which he signed through Instrument of Accession in 1947. He said that the ground reality is also a sad history that Pakistan and China have remained in possession of some areas of the State of J&K since 1947. The people residing in POK which Pakistan calls ‘Azad Kashmir’ as well as in Gilgit—Baltistan have to be given an open choice to choose their future with J&K (India or with Pakistan) where they have been living and growing since 1947/48. This fact has to be accepted by all those who are concerned with the situation.
The guns or wars are no solution to this problem which can easily be settled by the people of J&K themselves. The political representatives of several political parties and the representatives of the civil society from both sides of J&K (including Gilgit) had met twice first in 2005 and again in 2007 in Jammu and in New Delhi under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister of POK, Sardar Mohd. Abdul Qayyum Khan. The Indian leadership should meet to resolve the present situation through discussion and dialogue. Prof.Bhim Singh who is also Convenor of the Intra J&K ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks between the representatives of both sides of J&K has urged the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to ensure that this effort of the ‘Heart to Heart’ Talk shall go success so that the leadership and intellectuals from sides of J&K shall assist India and Pakistan to resolve the pending crisis. He said India and Pakistan together shall play a gigantic role to strengthen international agenda to promote international peace and security in the world.
All J&K leaders including those in POK, Gilgit and J&K have a role to play. Dr. Karan Singh, son of former Maharaja Hari Singh, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, son of foremost Kashmiri leader Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah, the Hurriyat Conference leaders, all have a major role to play and Prof.Bhim Singh is confident that all shall be requested to sit on a common platform for the final resolution of the situation