Updated: September 21, 2014 12:02:59 pm
By PTI and ENS
Pakistan People’s Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party would take back entire Kashmir from India if it comes to power. His remarks, made at a party workers’ meeting, drew sharp criticism from India, with the ruling BJP describing them as “childish” and “irresponsible”.
“I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan,” said Bilawal, in his 20s, addressing PPP workers on Friday night. He was flanked by former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Asharaf.
India termed as “far from reality” the comment of the PPP leader and asserted the integrity and unity of the country was “non-negotiable”.
“We are in the process of looking forward and looking forward does not mean that our borders will be changed. We made it very clear that as far as we are concerned, the integrity and unity of India is non-negotiable,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. He said Bilawal’s remarks were “far from reality which takes us back into the past century”.
Condemning Bilawal’s comments, BJP national secretary Srikant Sharma said: “It was a very childish and irresponsible statement. He should go back to history and learn that whenever this kind of thoughts came to their leaders and they acted, Indian soldiers had given them a befitting reply.”
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Kashmir is very much a part of India and will remain so. Any discussion on it is not acceptable to us. Kashmir resides in the hearts of Indians.”
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