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Even PoK is integral part of India: Nitish on Farooq

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

today asserted that entire Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, was an integral part of

"We have always held that Kashmir is an integral part of This has been our unequivocal stand on the issue. We hold that the whole of Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, is an integral part of the country," he told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly "Lok Samvad" (public interaction) programme.

Kumar was responding to a query on a statement of leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belonged to

Kumar is also the national president of the JD(U), which is a coalition partner of the in the

Abdullah had, on Saturday, said talks of an independent Kashmir were "wrong" as the landlocked valley was surrounded by three nuclear powers -- China, and

He had also claimed that PoK belonged to and that "this will not change", no matter how many wars India and Pakistan fought against each other.

The remarks had kicked up storm with the and its NDA allies reacting sharply against it.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 18:22 IST