NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said
Kashmir is India’s internal issue and slammed Pakistan for instigating and
supporting violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
His statement came after the Congress hit out at Pakistan for “mischievously” dragging the name of Rahul Gandhi in its alleged petition moved in the United Nations to justify its “lies” and misinformation on Jammu and Kashmir.
The opposition leader said that though he disagrees with the Government on many issues, he is clear that Kashmir is an internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan to interfere in it.
“I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it,” he said on Twitter.
“There is violence in
Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported
by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the
world,” he added.
Party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the “Congress has noticed reports citing an alleged petition moved by Pakistani Government to United Nations on Jammu & Kashmir, wherein name of Rahul Gandhi has been mischievously dragged to justify the pack of lies and deliberate misinformation being spread by Pakistan.”
“Let no one in the world be in doubt that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and shall always remain an integral part of India. No amount of diabolical deception by Pakistan shall change this irrevocable truth,” Surjewala said in a statement.
Surjewala said Pakistan should instead answer to the world
about the “unpardonable and inhumane violations of human rights” in
The neighbouring country also owed an explanation for the “designed persecution” of over seven crore Mohajirs (Muslim immigrants of multi-ethnic origin and their descendants, who migrated from various regions of India to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan) and the killing of over 25,000 of them by its forces, he added.
The Congress leader said besides the instances of human rights violations in Balochistan, thousands had gone missing and mass graves were being uncovered by different agencies.
“The entire world witnessed the horrific murder of 128 innocents on 13th July, 2018 during an election rally by Balochistan Awami Movement. The gross abuse of human rights of Pashtun people in the tribal regions by Pakistani army as also the systematic persecution and prosecution of Ahmadiyya Religious community is yet to be answered by Pakistan,” he said.
Let the world be reminded again that almost every terrorist organisation thrives in Pakistan under political and military patronage – be it Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda or Taliban and its multiple offshoots,” the Congress leader said.
“We urge that Pakistan should answer these issues, both internally to its people as also to the international community, instead of raising the fake Kashmir bogey,” he added.