Nothing common between J&K and Pak: Azad
The people of Jammu and Kashmir share "nothing common" with the people of Pakistan in culture or habits, says J&K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 17:53 IST
The people of Jammu and Kashmir share "nothing common" with the people of Pakistan in culture or habits, so why should Kashmir be "dragged" to Pakistan, said Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters at the book launch "Jammu" by Parvez Dewan, a former IAS officer, Azad said there were many misnomers about the culture, traditions and people of Jammu and Kashmir.
"There is nothing common between people of Kashmir and people of Pakistan - neither language, food, culture or traditions. Then why should Kashmir be dragged to Pakistan?
"Religion is the only common thing between people at both sides. If religion is a uniting point, then all the Arab countries should have been one."
"Punjab and Pakistan have more similarities in terms of food culture and traditions. Not many people know about these things."
"Though many believe so, Pakistan-administered Kashmir is not carved out of Kashmir. Ninety percent of Pakistani Kashmir is carved out of Jammu. Poonch in Jammu and Rawalkote in Pakistani Kashmir are only 13 km way. Jammu airport is 32 km from Sialkot in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Jammu town is almost 15 km away from Jammu airport."
He said historians had not written much about Jammu. "This book will help people to understand things which one has never heard of."
He said there was more to his state than the "grenade throwing".
"What is projected about Jammu and Kashmir is the grenade throwing. But there is much more to Kashmir. The state has beautiful things, like the world's highest lake in Ladakh to talk about."