Poonch: Pakistan's mindless shelling scars education in schools of Jammu and Kashmir

Lashing out at National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah who had suggested India should seek help from "friends" such as the U.S. for talking to Pakistan, she asked if he wanted Jammu and Kashmir to be the next Iraq or Syria. "Be it America or China, they should mind their own business", PTI quoted her as saying.

He was responding to reporters who asked if he desired a third party to intervene in the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. She asked: Does Farooq know what happened in Syria and Afghanistan?

Pakistan on Friday urged world fraternity and the United Nations (UN) to impress upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris in India-occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Foreign Office of Pakistan (FO).

In the latest "Country Report on Terrorism 2016", released on Wednesday, the USA used "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" to describe Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Mehbooba was reacting to the statement made by National conference NC patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah wherein he had said that India needs to take help from the U.S. or China to settle the Kashmir problem.

"Out of power, Mr Abdullah is speaking the language of separatists and of Pakistan". Should we wait for a thousand years? The National conference chief said, "You have to catch the bull by the horns, sometimes you have do it".

The BJP and like-minded parties have strongly criticised Farooq for his statement, while many people took to social media platforms to condemn him.

"If India is ready to talk to China and does not want to get into war, then they can talk to Pakistan also", he added. "His flip-flops on Kashmir reek of hypocrisy", BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said. China has also said it wants to mediate in Kashmir.

This is not the first time when the Congress vice-president has blamed Prime Minister Modi for creating space for militancy in the state."Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. His flip-flops on Kashmir reek of hypocrisy", Mr Rao said in remarks that were later echoed by Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

  • Rosalie Stanley