Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said today that unrest is increasing among the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) due to Pakistan’s step-motherly treatment and the possibility of people there rising and demanding that they can’t stay with Pakistan and want to be with India can’t be ruled out.
He said Abdullahs, a reference towards two former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP president, should change their mindset and should be willing to contribute to bringing normalcy. Then, God willing, they will be released.
Stating this in an interview to a weekly news magazine, the Defence Minister said they are getting reports that unrest is increasing among the people of PoK, which is occupied territory and has never been a part of that country.
“Pakistan’s attitude towards the people of PoK is step-motherly. They are fed up. We can’t rule out the possibility of people in PoK rising and demanding that they can’t stay with Pakistan and want to be with India,’’ he said, adding this possibility exists as there is increasing dissatisfaction.
The unrest is spreading rapidly (in PoK), he asserted,
The Defence Minister’s statement on PoK assumed significance as recently there have been aggressive statements by the Indian leadership on PoK including Home Minister Amit Shah and Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane.
Maintaining that political process has started in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajnath, however, said Abdullahs and Mehbooba (Mufti) have to change their mindset and should be willing to contribute to bringing normalcy.
“Then, God, willing, they will be released. I am praying for them; my prayer is that they help restore normalcy,’’ he said.