New Delhi: After Pakistan again raised the issue of unrest in Kashmir and the presence of Army personnel in the region, India snubbed off the accusation and said that Pakistan needed to “set its own house in order”.
At the 135th Assembly Session of IPU, India asserted that there would be no compromise in dialogue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir as the region will always remain India’s.
“We deeply regret the misuse of this august body by Pakistan to make tendentious references about internal matters pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Let me make it very clear to Pakistan that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so for eternity. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been active participants in the democratic processes at both the central and state levels,” Lok Sabha MP RK Singh said.
The minister exclaimed that the main reason behind the unrest in Kashmir stemmed from the cross-border terrorism pushed ahead and executed through Pakistan’s support.
“Internationally proscribed terrorists and terror groups are freely roaming in Pakistan with impunity while the deep State in Pakistan is busy in diverting billions of dollars received as international aid for spreading terrorism globally,” Singh said. He also raised questions about Pakistan’s ‘ignorance’ about human rights violation within its own region.
“The people of Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism and extreme economic hardship due to Pakistan’s authoritarian and discriminatory policies in complete disregard of human rights,” he said.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated after the Uri attack where 19 Indian soldiers were killed. The attack was subsequently followed by surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC.