Speaking on Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 at Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah made it clear that he believes Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) is an integral part of India and that he is willing to even sacrifice life for it.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary questioned the stand of the government on Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir, a day after Centre announced its plan to scrap Article 370 which gives special status to J&K.
While responding to his query Amit Shah said, “Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of Union of India. Kashmir ki seema mein PoK bhi aata hai…Jaan de denge iske liye! (POK also falls under the boundaries of Kashmir. We will sacrifice our lives for it.).”
Shah further clarified that his mention of J&K has always included PoK and Aksai Chin, which are currently under the control of Pakistan and China, respectively.
The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, and proposed bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far- reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Shah had announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill.