Kashmir will always remain a part of India: Farooq
11 December 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Kozhikode: Cautioning Pakistan against attempting to create divisions in India, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today said Kashmir will always remain part of India and asked Islamabad to contribute towards further strengthening the friendly ties. 'We in Kashmir have suffered the most because of the division in 1947. Those wounds are still there,' he said, adding Pakistan should accept the fact that 'though Kashmir is a Muslim majority state, it will always remain as a part of India.' 'There is no doubt that there is a small change in their attitude. But Pakistan should always realise that India will never allow further divisions,' he said. Farooq was speaking at a function to felicitate former Union Minister and Congress leader, K P Unnikrishnan, who recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award, instituted by the International Institute for Governance and Peace at Seoul. Pointing out that the training camps of terrorists were still active across the borders, Farooq said it proved to be the stumbling block to ensure lasting peace between the two nations. However, he said, Muslims living in India were patriotic and would fight against the forces, both from within and outside, who wanted to divide the country. 'Never doubt Indian Muslims. They are Indians first and last,' he said. Calling for continued talks between India and Pakistan, the National Conference leader said 'we may have to suffer little bit of ups and downs here and there, but one day we will see that our borders are tension free.'