Senior National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal on Saturday stoked a controversy after saying that Kashmir will be independent as neither India nor Pakistan love the people of the Valley.
“By heart, both of them do not treat us as their own. Neither India nor Pakistan loves us.... In my opinion, Allah has destined independence for us and we will get it,” Kamal said after paying tributes to his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 110th birth anniversary.
Kamal said that, following the 1996 Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, his elder brother and the then-chief minister Farooq Abdullah had said even if he tore his heart out to show he is an Indian, he would not be believed.
“Same is the case with Pakistan. They (India and Pakistan) do not trust us,” he said.