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We should now focus on making PoK integral part of India, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Jitendra Singh. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 01.35 PM (IST)

Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that after the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, India should now focus on freeing Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the 'illegal occupation' of Pakistan and work towards making it an integral part of the country.

As the parliament has unanimously agreed, let us free Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and merge it with India. Let us pray to the almighty that we get the chance to see this in our lifetime," he said on Sunday.

Singh also launched an indirect attack on Congress, saying that the preventive detention of former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti was 'unnecessarily being made a big issue'. Defending the government's move, he said that the Centre has taken such steps to maintain peace in the valley.

Singh further said that Article 370 was a 'miscarriage of history' which gave rise to discrimination and its abrogation will restore jamhuriyat (democracy) in the Union Territory, giving equal opportunity to everyone.

Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that if talks were held between India and Pakistan, they would only be on PoK.

"Why should there be talks? On what issues there would be talks? Talks with Pakistan would begin only after it stops patronising terrorism. If talks begin, it would now only be on the PoK and no other issue," he said.

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He also slammed Pakistan for its efforts to internationalise the issue of Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status by revoking Article 370.

The Defence Minister further said that the move has sent jitters to Pakistan, and therefore, the neighbouring country was knocking doors of the international community to save itself.

(With inputs from agencies)

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"India should now focus on freeing Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the 'illegal occupation' of Pakistan and work towards making it an integral part of the country," said Jitendra Singh.