Cong, PDP Row On J&K Map

Cong, PDP Row On J&K Map

14 February 2011
The Daily Excelsior


Srinagar: Opposition PDP today escalated the controversy over its map showing parts of Jammu and Kashmir in China, provoking the Union Government saying it should be more concerned over incursions in Leh region and not get 'bullied' by the dragon nation. The Congress on its part stepped up pressure on PDP asking the party to desist from such 'pictorial adventurism' and immediately withdraw the controversial map. Indicating that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had reacted a little hastily to the way J and K was depicted in the map, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said though she had very high regard for the Minister he should rather focus on other issues concerning China like the stapled visas for residents of J and K and Arunachal Pradesh. 'They should do something about the Chinese incursions into Leh region of our State. The Centre should not get touchy, rattled or bullied by China,' she told. Responding to the controversy over the PDP map which shows Aksai Chin as part of China, Chidambaram sternly said yesterday that the Government will see what needs to be done if the map was not a mistake. Mehbooba said that the Centre should appreciate that it is the 'only party' which includes parts of J and K illegally occupied by China in its scheme of resolution. 'We are the only party which has included the territory of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by China in our scheme of resolution to the issue and the Central leadership should appreciate it,' Mehbooba said. Mehbooba, in a statement, said it was time for Government of India to move beyond 'management mindset' in J and K to initiate actual resolution process that could close the chapter of pain, suffering and uncertainty in the State. She said PDP supported reunification of all territories of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. 'Is it wrong to do that?' she asked. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed as 'completely immature' Mehbooba's statement that the 'Centre should not get touchy, rattled or bullied by China'. 'PDP's descriptions of the map of Jammu and Kashmir in yellow, greeen and red color is highly objectionable.This kind of pictorial adventurism has long term diplomatic and political implications. They are advised to withdraw this map immediately,' Tewari told reporters in New Delhi. Reminding PDP of Parliament resolution of 1994, Tewari said the resolution passed unanimously clearly expressed sentiments of Indian Parliament and people on Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) and reiterated that the State was an inseparable part of the country. The main opposition party in J and K is at the centre of a controversy after it displayed a map, during a power-point presentation on Saturday, showing Aksai Chin painted in red and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in green. The depiction of the map is seen as an acceptance of the occupation of these areas by the respective countries.


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