Rahul refutes Farooq Abdullah's assertion on third party intervention to resolve Kashmir issue

| Updated: Jul 21, 2017 17:49 IST

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has refuted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah's assertion that a third party can be approached for the settlement of the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. "I have been asserting for long that it's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies at the Centre that have destroyed Jammu and Kashmir. And the point that is being mentioned that a third party's intervention should be invited for the settlement of the issue, it's wrong. India is Kashmir and Kashmir is India," Rahul said on Friday. "It's our internal matter and no other country should have any say in it," he added. Earlier in the day, Abdullah said that India should approach third parties, such as the United States and China, to mediate in the Kashmir issue. Adbullah said India has so many allies across the globe, which can be approached for settling the Kashmir issue to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan. "For how long are you going to wait? Sometimes, you have to pull the bull by its horns. The way is to have a dialogue. India has so many friends all across the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. U.S. President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached," Abdullah said. This is not the first time when the Congress vice-president has blamed Prime Minister Modi for creating space for militancy in the state. "Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India," Rahul had earlier tweeted. "Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modi's personal gain=India's strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood," the tweet added. The BJP reacted by blaming the country's first prime minister and Rahul's great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and the Gandhi family for all the problems in Kashmir. Union minister Smriti Irani also hit out at Rahul for criticising Prime Minister Modi for the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and politicising the issue at a time when the country was "united against terrorism". "Upon return from strategic and very well known holiday, Mr Gandhi has chosen to attack the Prime Minister, especially when nation stands united against terrorism," Irani said. The BJP also has been dubbing Rahul Gandhi as "immature" owing to his tweets targetted at the Centre. (ANI)