Jammu (JPN): Defending PDP's stand on controversial J&K map, Mehbooba Mufti in a daring statement said that the Central government is scared to take up issues on China. She said this while speaking to a news channel here on Monday.

People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti further added that the Centre gets panicky about China.

These statements came after the Home Ministry warned the PDP of action if it did not correct depiction of some parts of Jammu and Kashmir in China in one of its maps. Ignoring the warning, PDP escalated the row by daring the Centre to speak openly about border issues with China.

Mehbooba Mufti also targeted J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying that he took a very general line.

Earlier this week, PDP had shown parts of J&K's Aksai Chin in China during a power-point presentation in Srinagar. The PDP's slideshow displayed the state’s map superimposed on foreign currency notes, showing it divided into three parts, one with India, another with Pakistan and a third with China. It also showed Aksai Chin painted in red and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in green.

Later on, when cornered, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufit said the map was shown for the convenience of Kashmiris and the party has not done anything to challenge the sovereignty of the country. But that did not cut much ice with Chief Minister and her political rival Omar Abdullah, who came down heavily on the PDP and said the “gifting away” of state's territory will not be acceptable.

Dubbing the PDP's action as “dangerous”, Omar had said: “Giving away a part of the state, where we love our religion greatly, to a communist country is absurd. It would not be acceptable at any cost.”