Sardar Patel offered Kashmir to Pakistan, claims Soz


Srinagar, Feb 9: Challenging the Prime Minister’s assertion that if Sardar Patel’s line of thinking were allowed there would have been no issue of Kashmir, former union minister and senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz said infact the Kashmir was offered to Pakistan.
In a statement, Soz said PM’s assertion is contrary to the facts of history. My forthcoming book ‘Kashmir; The Complete Story’ carries full details on how Sardar Patel consistently offered Kashmir to Pakistan, he alleged.
But, he claimed that Liaquat Ali Khan remains stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan which was neither connected by Rail nor Road with Pakistan.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhry Mohammad Ali and Senior Muslim Leader and Minister Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan have lamented Liaquat Ali Khan’s attitude to this matter in their thought-provoking books.
History is based on facts and it can hardly help politicians who present their own perceptions as facts of history.
“I propose Prime Minister Modi to start a serious study on the history of India’s Freedom Struggle for his better understanding on Nehru and his relationship with Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi”, he said.