It’s India’s responsibility to get PoJK, Gilgit-Baltistan freed from Pak: Jitendra

Asserting that Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is as much part of Jammu and Kashmir as are Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office (MoS PMO) Jitendra Singh on Saturday said it is India’s responsibility to get PoJK and Gilgit-Baltistan freed from illegal occupation of Pakistan and restore its lost glory.
“PoJK is as much party of Jammu and Kashmir as are Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and also Gilgit-Baltistan. However, the fact is, which doesn’t come to mind of many people that the entire area of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir was 2.25 lakh sq km, of which only 1 lakh sq km is the part of India. Therefore, it is our responsibility to get PoJK and Gilgit-Baltistan freed from illegal occupation of Pakistan and restore the lost glory of Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh said.
Slamming Pakistan for perpetrating violence in Jammu and Kashmir by exporting home-grown terrorists, Singh said, “Pakistan has been unmasked before the world. The entire world knows that all conspiracies are being hatched in Islamabad. Pakistan is encouraging terrorism on its soil and exporting terrorists to India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, and some misguided elements are becoming its part.”
On sensitising the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said, “On the one hand, our responsibility is to defeat Pakistan’s design, while on  the other hand, we have to sensitise our youth. That if the so-called jihad is so pious, then people who are inciting the youth in the name of jihad and ‘jannat’ (heaven) why don’t they give this pious opportunity to their children. They have already sent their children to Bengaluru, Pune and abroad.”
Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7 RCR residence; Mufti asserted that he was extremely concerned about the situation and that he had expressed his desire to stop the bloodshed in the Valley and also ensured that the state will emerge from the crisis. “The Prime Minister is quite concerned just the way we are regarding the situation in Kashmir. He re-iterated that the basis of the PDP-BJP alliance is to continue the trend of reconciliation with Pakistan that Vajpayee ji had started and use it to solve the problem in Kashmir,” she said. Lauding Prime Minister Modi’s approach towards Pakistan, Mufti stated that he had not only invited Nawaz Sharif for his oath taking ceremony but went to Lahore himself, but the Pathankot incident happened and ties between the two nations went downhill.

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