New Delhi (JPN/Agencies): Breaking its silence over the controversial portrayal of J&K’s map by PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, Congress on Monday slammed the party and demanded immediate withdrawal of the map.

“Without explaining any details, the PDP is advised to immediately withdraw the map,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said in a press conference.

He sought to remind the party that the Parliament of India had unanimously passed a resolution declaring J&K to be an integral part of India. Congress was a partner of PDP when it was in power in a coalition government in the state.

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.”

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