Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independent

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Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Musharraf was right, Kashmiris would prefer to be independent. The Statement Attracts Angry Reactions On Twitter. Read on
Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Musharraf was right, Kashmiris would prefer to be independent. The Statement Attracts Angry Reactions On Twitter. Read on

Conress leader Saifuddin Soz today (22 June 2018) gave a shocking statement He said  that former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf was right when he said Kashmiris prefer independence to joining Pakistan, reported ANI news agency.

He claimed that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s assessment over a decade ago that Kashmiris will “prefer to be independent” if they are given a chance to “exercise their free will” seems to be “correct even today”.

Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independent
Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independent

In his forthcoming book, ‘Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle’, which will be launched next week, Soz said,”Musharraf had explained that if Kashmiris were given a chance to exercise their free will, they would prefer to be independent. In fact, this assessment of Musharraf seems to be correct even today!”

“He (Musharraf) had also convinced his colleagues that the resolutions of the UN on Kashmir had constituted a redundant situation as these meant a tight-jacket for Kashmiris whether they wanted to go with India or to Pakistan,”the Congress leader claimed.

This is not the first time Saifuddin Soz had said something controversial like this.
Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independentCongress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independent
Congress leader Stokes controversy, says Kashmiris would prefer to be independent

Last year, he had courted controversy by saying that he would have held a dialogue with Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani if he was not killed by security forces in 2016.

While talking to a TV news channel, Soz had said,”Burhani Wani should have stayed alive so that I could have had a dialogue with him. I would have explained to him that Kashmir can become a strong bridge of friendship between India and Pakistan and he (Wani) could also be of help (in achieving it). But he is dead now.”

The Statement Attracts Angry Reactions On Twitter 

In 2008, Soz was named Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief. A former National Conference leader, he joined the Congress in 1999 after he voted against the motion of confidence moved by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Lok Sabha on April 17, 1999.

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