Srinagar : In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has taken strong exception to the Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singhâ€™s assertion that Jammu and Kashmir was always with India and will remain a part of it.
The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar terming Rajnath Singhâ€™s remarks as egoistic approach of India said that such rhetoric and parroting could not change the reality about the Kashmir dispute.
The APHC ridiculing the statement of Rajnath Singh wherein he said that referendum must be conducted in Pakistan maintained that India was aware about the possible results of referendum in Jammu and Kashmir and that is the reason its leaders are resorting to such meaningless statements.
â€œKashmir is internationally accepted issue and deferring this issue led to an uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir and proved a squabble and bone of contention between two countries. It is because of the Kashmir issue that both countries are investing a large amount of budget on arms and ammunitions, while as majority in India are living a miserable life. They even lack basic amenities to sustain their life and virtually facing starvation like situation,â€ it said.
The APHC said that Rajnath Singh was no more different than late Sardar Patel as he also used to speak same language. â€œHowever, it has not changed the ground realities nor people of Jammu and Kashmir will succumb to any pressure,â€ it added.
The statement said that on one hand, India was aspiring for the permanent membership in the UN and on the other, was resorting to military might and smashing all basic rights in occupied Kashmir. â€œIndia instead of blaming Pakistan should realize that it is its arrogant approach that is creating impediments and hurdles in peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute and Pakistan has always pleaded for its peaceful settlement. Pakistan always followed positive strategy about Kashmir issue while as India always adopted egoistic approach and talked in terms of war,â€ it added.