Omar Slams PDP, Says Can’t ‘gift Away’ Territory13 February 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A day after PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti displayed a map of Jammu and Kashmir showing various cross-border trade routes, it generated a controversy with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying that “gifting away” of state's territory is not acceptable. The map displayed by Mehbooba at a press conference in Srinagar and later mailed to various media organisations had Aksai Chin marked in red and Pakistan occupied Kashmir in green. The PDP, however, defended by saying that for the first time a mainstream political party has mentioned about other parts of Kashmir. The CM slammed the map. 'It is up to the PDP, how they would want to clear this (controversy about map). I don't think it is acceptable to anyone that part of the state's territory is gifted away like this,' he said on Sunday. Mehbooba, however, defended the map. 'For the first time, a mainstream political party has talked about all parts of Kashmir vis-a-vis its resolution. There is a part with Pakistan and a part with China. They (others) have given upon that part, but we have not. We were expecting appreciation from the country's leadership for it. But they missed the important part of it,' she said. On Saturday, Mehbooba showed a power point presentation-Our Vision - at a press conference here. The presentation was later mailed to media organisations. It showed PoK in green, the Chinese occupied Aksai Chin in red and the rest of the state in yellow colour. She said that the colours didn't mean anything. 'We have not named any part in the map. We were talking about the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before 1947 and that it should be made a free economic zone,' she added.