In what was sure to send shockwaves in Pakistan, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh has said that the Indian Tricolour will be unfurled in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 2017.
He was leading the party’s country wide Tiranga rally in border district of Kathua and said that with this yatra a new struggle has started for liberation of PoK and it will culminate with hoisting of national tricolor at Kotli in Mirpur next time.
Echoing the PM’s view, Singh, a sitting LS MP from Jammu, he said it was India’s moral and national responsibility to stand by its brothers in PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Hitting out strongly at Pakistan which blames India for human rights violations in Kashmir, he said that the neighboring country has now been totally exposed before the international community for human rights violations in PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Baluchistan.
He said people who raise their voice against atrocities by Pakistan authorities are being bombed and killed and terrorists who kill innocent people in Kashmir and other parts of India are being declared martyrs by Pakistan Government and this will not be tolerated at any cost now.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated at the all-party meeting convened on August 12 that Jammu and Kashmir is not only an issue of our territorial integrity but it also defines our nationalism.
Meanwhile, prominent Balochistan activists, fighting for their rights and freedom from Pakistan, have hailed PM Modi who had warned that atrocities committed by Pakistan against people in Balochistan and PoK will stand exposed.
Activists like Neela Qadri and Hammal Haider Baloch, a representative of the Baloch National Movement, welcomed the PM’s strong statement against Pakistan, and expressed hope that he would raise the issue during the upcoming UN session in September.
“We, the people of Balochistan, Pakistan and PoK thank you (PM Modi) for your support. We are suffering. We hope the PM will raise our issue in the UN,” Qadri, the World Baloch Women’s Forum president, said.
“The Baloch people share common interests with India. We are secular and believe in democratic principles. Pakistan is butchering Sindhi political activists and supports religious groups which are a threat to the world,” Haider said.
“This operation (by Pak military in Balochistan) is only gaining momentum since past many years. Their (Pak Army) aim is to gradually bring in Chinese companies for deep drills in Balochistan. And People who protest are harassed so that they migrate from Balochistan,” said Brahumdagh Bugti, Founding Chief, BRP.