Updated: August 13, 2016 5:20:29 pm
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Saturday said it’s our moral and national responsibility to stand by our brothers in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and also Gilgit-Baltistan, according to reports in ANI.
“At the same time, to draw attention of the world to the kind of human rights violation that is taking place in that region,” added Singh.
Singh further said that the actual culmination of ‘Tiranga yatra’ will be in Kotli, Muzaffarabad “when we succeed in hoisting the tricolour of India in PoK”.
Meanwhile, in a statement given to ANI, Balochistan activist Hammal Haider Baloch on Saturday said, “We welcome PM Modi’s statement to support freedom movement of Balochistan. This is the first time ever that an Indian PM has expressed his wish to support Baloch people, very crucial decision.”
“Baloch people share common interest with India, we are secular and believe in democratic principles. Pak has never complied with international rules,they’re killing Baloch people,” added Baloch.
Another activist, Naila Baloch, said, “We people of Balochistan are suffering, we hope that you (PM Modi) raise this issue in UN session in September.”
Singh’s comments come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated at the all-party meeting convened on Friday that Jammu and Kashmir is not only an issue of our territorial integrity but it also defines our nationalism. “When we talk about Jammu and Kashmir, we should talk about all four parts of the state — Jammu, Kashmir valley, Ladakh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK),” PM Modi had said.
In his concluding remarks at the meeting, PM Modi sent across a stern message to Pakistan when he said, ““Pakistan forgets that it rains bombs from fighter planes on citizens of its country. Time has now come that Pakistan will have to answer to the world about the atrocities being committed on people in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”
(With inputs ANI and ENS)
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