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J&K: Rahul Gandhi refutes Farooq Abdullah’s assertion on third party intervention

“I have been saying this for a long time that the policies of Narendra Modi and NDA has burned down Jammu & Kashmir”, he told reporters.Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had said China was willing to play a “constructive role” in improving Indo-Pak ties, especially after the increased hostility along the Line of Control. 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.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. Earlier this month, Rahul called Modi “weak” for accepting the USA referring to Kashmir as “Indian-administered Kashmir” and for not bringing up the contentious H-1B visa issue.In what would vindicate India’s stand, the United States of America has replaced the term India-administered Kashmir with Jammu and Kashmir in its order designating Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist announced during PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington DC.Earlier in the day, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullahsaid India should approach to to third parties like the United States and China, to mediate in the Kashmir issue. “Somebody has to be approached”, Abdullah said, reported TOI.”For how long are you going to wait?” Sometimes, you have to pull the bull by its horns. He added that as India has many friends across the world, it can ask them to act as a mediator.Stressing on the fact that the problems of Kashmir belonged only to India, Rahul Gandhi said, “Kashmir is India and India is Kashmir”.Taking to Twitter, Rahul had said that PM Modi’s policies and his pursuit of “short-term political gain” created space for terrorists in the Valley. “Grave strategic blow for India”, Rahul had earlier tweeted. He further quoted former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said, “Friends can be changed, but not neighbours”. Several of the BJP leaders called Rahul an “immature” leader.