File photo of Farooq Abdullah. Photograph:( ANI )
Inciting yet another controversy, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has said that Muhammad Ali Jinnah did not want a separate country for Muslims.
He said that the need for a separate country emerged after Indian leaders refused to accept minority status for Muslims and Sikh in the country.
Abdullah said it was because of the refusal of political leaders Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel that Jinnah demanded Pakistan.
He said "Jinnah agreed but Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, and Sardar Patel did not agree. When this did not happen it was then that Jinnah demanded for Pakistan. Or else there would have been no separation. There would have been no Bangladesh, no Pakistan; there would have been one India,".
(With inputs from ANI)