July 2001 News

Kashmir will always be a part of India, says Farooq

17 July 2001
The Asian Age

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said he was not disappointed over the outcome of the Agra summit and asserted that one day or the other Pakistan would have to accept that Kashmir is part of India. “I was neither excited before the summit nor disappointed after it,” Mr Abdullah told reporters before his meeting with planning commission deputy chairman K.C. Pant to finalise the state’s plan outlay for 2001-02. Asked whether the summit was a failure, he said the issue had been there for 54 years and could not be solved in four meetings between Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The perceived disappointment at the summit outcome was due to the hype and expectations raised over it, he explained. The fact that the two leaders had cordial meetings and would be meeting again in Pakistan showed that a positive relationship was developing. Jammu and Kashmir had remained part of India all these years and would continue to be so and this would have to be accepted by Pakistan, he said. “there cannot be any change in India’s stand on Kashmir,” he added.


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