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Forget Pak, live like true Indian: Swami to Kashmiris

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, May 23, 2013
First Published: 03:08 IST(23/5/2013) | Last Updated: 03:09 IST(23/5/2013)

Janta Party president Dr Subramaniyam Swami on Wednesday asked people of Kashmir to "forget Pakistan and live like true Indians".


"The Kashmir problem is (Pt Jawaharlal) Nehru's special gift to India. India, however, is not going to compromise on Kashmir. It is our part and we will take back that part of Kashmir as well which has been occupied by Pakistan illegally,” he said in a press conference in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Threatening "to wage a war with Pakistan", he said the NDA government, which will come to power in the country, will form the next government will reconsider its policy on Kashmir. "What Nehru and Vajpayee did was past but from onwards there will be no talks on Kashmir issue with Pakistan. We will ask the NDA to change Kashmir policy," he said.

"Kashmir is not a dispute. There should be no talks. It is our part and people of Kashmir should understand it well," said Swami, an allay of the BJP.

He also claimed that Nehru took the issue of Kashmir yo the UN "without taking the then Cabinet into confidence". "So those people who seek plebiscite should contact Nehru and not India for this purpose,” he added.

Swami, however, favoured dialogue with China saying that the talks between India and China involve border dispute and not Kashmir issue.

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