Congress Leader & Former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz dared to say 'independence' will be the first choice of Kashmiris. In his book, He agreed with the assessment of former Pak President Pervez Musharraf on the Kashmiris. 'Musharraf once said Kashmiris would seek independence if they get an opportunity to exercise their free will. That statement seems to be relevant even Today. This is the truth but I don't think that will happen in the current situation,' he wrote in the book.
However, Congress disassociated itself from the controversial comments made by Saifuddin Soz. The Main Opposition opined what's being done by it's leader is a cheap gimmick to sell his book.
Congress maintained Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. PCC of Jammu & Kashmir will be taking appropriate acting on Saifuddin Soz.
BJP responded seriously on the comments of Saifuddin Soz. 'Anybody who lives on the Indian soil has to abide by the constitution. If there is anyone who admire Musharraf here, They will arranged a one-way ticket to Pakistan,' told BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.
Union Ministers and Shiv Sena too advised Saifuddin Soz to leave for Pakistan and work for Musharraf.
When Saifuddin Soz was Union Minister in 1991, Militants had kidnapped his Daughter. Still, This Congress Leader made such comments.