Jammu: Muzafar Hussain Beigh today demanded restoration of Statehood of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said this during a function organised by Pahari welfare culture forum in Jammu in his honour for bagging Padma Bhushan award recently.
“I hope that statehood of J&K is restored very soon,” Beigh told gathering during his speech.
He said India and Pakistan leadership has to play their role for lasting peace in south Asia particularly in J&K. However he blamed Pakistan for doing mischief and thwarting peace efforts of India.
“ PM Modi went to Pakistan even without invitation. Then they paid back with Pathankot, similarly, after Agra summit, they did Kargil,” he said.
Without naming anyone, he blamed some political leaders for bloodshed in Kashmir.
He also praised dogra rulers for securing the rights of the state and its subjects.
Taking a leaf from history, he said that British divided Hindu-Muslims in 1858.
“When Ali Muhammad Jinnah left congress, he went to London. British government there asked him to seek separate land for Muslims,” he said in a statement.
“If India would have been undivided. It would have been most powerful voice in United nations,” he said.
Those attended the event include Raja Ajaz Ali, Muhamnd Rashed Quereshi, Yasir Reshi, Rafiq Shah, Abdul Gani Kohli, Gurchan singh Charak and others.