AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi blasted Pakistan for interfering in India’s internal affairs and said Islamabad should stop poking its nose in Kashmir affairs.
Addressing a party rally in Hyderabad Owaisi further said that Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of India. “Pakistan should stop meddling in Kashmir affairs. Kashmir is and will always be an integral part of India. Even Kashmiris and Kashmiri youth are an integral part of the country,” he stressed.
Quoting a report, Owaisi accused the BJP-led central government of not doing anything for Kashmiri Pandits. “I feel that there has to be a consistent policy on Kashmir which unfortunately is lacking,” he said.
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The stern warning from the AIMIM leader came a day after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised the Kashmir issue during his meeting with the visiting UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espionosa.
Owaisi said instead of having a policy for the region, the government was now aiming to have less lethal weapons which show where its priority lies.
“The Kashmir problem cannot be treated in a James Bond or a Rambo style… Someone will have to show a statesman-like approach. There is alienation and things have to be done in a proper way,” he said.
He said IAS officer Shah Faesal, who recently resigned from the civil services, should chalk out his own independent political journey.
Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned on January 9, protesting the “unabated” killings in Kashmir and the “marginalisation” of Indian Muslims.
“Let him chalk out his own independent political journey and that is what Kashmir requires. You do not want Kashmir’s political journey to be controlled by babus or IB officers sitting in Delhi,” Owaisi added.