Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that unrest and anxiety is growing in Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir due to Islamabad’s step-motherly treatment of the people.
Singh said Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti should change their mindset must contribute to bringing normalcy. Then, God willing, they will be released.
Singh said that they are getting reports that unrest is increasing among the people of PoK, which is occupied territory and has never been a part of that country. “Pakistan’s attitude towards the people of PoK is step-motherly. They are fed up. We can’t rule out the possibility of people in PoK rising and demanding that they can’t stay with Pakistan and want to be with India,’’ he said, adding this possibility exists as there is increasing dissatisfaction. The unrest is spreading rapidly (in PoK), he maintained.
Rajnath also said that Abdullahs and Mehbooba have to change their mindset and should be willing to contribute to bringing normalcy. “Then, God, willing, they will be released. I am praying for them; my prayer is that they help restore normalcy,’’ he said.
Earlier, Indian defence minister asserted that the next agenda of the Modi government is to retrieve the parts of Kashmir under Pakistan and also emphasized that if there will be any talks with Pakistan, it will be on Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
Senge H Sering, a political activist from Gilgit-Baltistan earlier urged New Delhi to regain control of the region and save its people from the “brutal colonial reign of Pakistan”. He also highlighted the plight of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan that is under the constant scare of terrorism sponsored by the Pakistani Army.
Speaking at the 43rd session of United Nations Human Rights Council, Sering who is also the director of the Institute of Gilgit-Baltistan Studies, underlined that the people of the province continue to be the citizens of India and are under persecution by the Pakistan military.