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Nehru And Patel, Not Jinnah Responsible For India-Pakistan Partition: Farooq Abdullah

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| March 4 , 2018 , 12:22 IST

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah is infamous for his pro-Pakistani statements. He once again courted controversy on Sunday when he said that the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 was due to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and not Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

"Even today it is on the record that it was said that we will not divide India. We will keep a special representation and a special dispensation for minorities like Muslims and Sikhs, but we will not divide the nation," said Abdullah to a gathering in Jammu.  

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"Jinnah accepted, but Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel did not accept it. Then, Jinnah again demanded Pakistan. The partition would not have happened – today there would be no Bangladesh and Pakistan, it would have been one India,” he said.

Regarding the crushing defeat of the Congress party in the elections in northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, Abdullah said that the defeat was not one of new party President Rahul Gandhi

"I do not think he (Rahul Gandhi) has failed. Give him time as he has just become the president (of Congress party)...It is not his defeat," Abdullah said to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu.

The Chief of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference, Abdullah recently claimed that the ceasefire violations and exchange of fire along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan would continue until the two nations start thinking of peace.

“If they (both the nations) don't think of peace, the firing will not stop, neither from our side nor from their side,” Abdullah said to reporters.