Pakistan has reportedly rejected the idea of completely merging Azad Jammu Kashmir (Pakistan-controlled Kashmir) with rest of the country in response to New Delhi’s abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
“There is no such proposal under consideration [to merge AJK],” Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told reporters. She was asked to comment on some reports that at a recent high-level meeting, a proposal was taken up to merge the AJK with Pakistan.
India on August 5, 2019, repelled the contentions Article 370 of its constitution which gave special, unfair advantages to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan, in response, lodged a strong protest against what it described as an illegal and unilateral action and moved the United Nations, whose Security Council (UNSC) has taken up the issue twice in the last 5 months.
The Foreign Office spokesperson said – Islamabad has a “robust plan” to highlight Indian atrocities and human rights violations in the Jammu and Kashmir.
“The plan includes activities inside Pakistan and abroad as well. This is an ongoing process and a national effort. Our missions abroad in more than 100 countries are planning a comprehensive strategy regarding the upcoming Kashmir Solidarity Day, which will be executed between now and 5th February and continuing after also,” Aisha said.
Responding to recent threats by Indian PM Narendra Modi who said that India could defeat Pakistan within 10 days, the spokesperson noted that unfortunately, it had become a pattern for the Indian leadership to create war hysteria and jingoistic environment against Pakistan and its people.
“You also saw our press release issued yesterday in which we have firmly rejected the recent irresponsible statement made by the Indian prime minister.
“These remarks are another reflection of India’s incurable obsession with Pakistan and the BJP government and its leadership’s desperate attempts to divert attention from the growing domestic and international criticism of their discriminatory, anti-Kashmir and anti-minority policies.