Soz clarifies, says I’m not in favour of Kashmir independence

New Delhi, June 22: Former Union Minister and Congress leader Saifuddin Soz clarified that he was not in favour of Kashmiris independence but the circumstances have been created by the present Modi government that Kashmiris would prefer to be independent if allowed to exercise ‘free will’.

Saifuddin Soz said, “Vajpayee & Musharraf had a conversation, then Manmohan-Musharraf had a discussion. Unfortunately, Musharraf went out of the system. He wanted dignified peace with India. Today, I am telling Kashmir that independence is not possible. India & Pak should talk.”

Soz’s clarification came after BJP and Shiv Sena criticised him for supporting Kashmir’s Independence.

Shin Sena leader Manisha Kayande said, “Congress President needs to reply on Saifuddin Soz’s statement & if Congress vouches for his statement. If he (SaifuddinSoz) has so much affection for Pakistan & Musharraf then he should consider migrating to Pakistan and become his servant.”

He has put up an argument in his upcoming book 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”.

Soz said, “Musharraf said Kashmiris don’t want to merge with Pakistan, their first choice is independence. The statement was true then and remains true now also. I say the same but I know that it is not possible.”

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