“There were some phases in Jammu and Kashmir which should not have happened,” Sayeed cited. "Be it PDP, National Conference, Congress or other regional outfits, they want that Jammu and Kashmir should get the (special) status and identity within the Constitution of the country," Sayeed said in his Independence Day address at Bakshi Stadium here.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the people of the state had refused to accept the two-nation theory propounded by Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and went with the 'big country' India in 1947.

"I want to say that the two-nation theory of Mohammad Ali Jinnah was not adopted by the people of Jammu and Kashmir even before Independence. We had our own stand which was reflected in the 1938 convention at Sopore in which Muslim Conference was converted into National Conference," he said.

The Chief Minister stated during the struggle for Independence, Congress and Muslim League had separate visions but the leadership and people of Jammu and Kashmir had their own stand on the post-independence scenario.

"The Congress leadership stood shoulder to shoulder in our freedom struggle against the aristocracy and imperialist forces. Resultantly, the people of the state and its leadership decided to go with the bigger country India in 1947," Sayeed said. He also made a note of Pakistan's 'fight for political existence', even as India treads the path of prosperity over the past 70 years.

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