New Delhi, 28 Aug 2019: The Congress leader Mr. Rahul Gandhi, has said Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other country to intervene.
He said this is despite the fact that he disagreed with the government on many issues. Gandhi said violence in Kashmir is instigated by Pakistan. 'I disagree with this Government on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere.'
'There is violence in Jammu and Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world,' he added.
In a letter to the UN, Ms. Shireen Mazari, Minister for Human Rights in Pakistan, quoted Mr. Gandhi as saying 'people are dying' in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ms. Mazari said in her letter: 'Acts of violence have been acknowledged by mainstream politicians, such as the leader of the Congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi who has noted 'people dying' in Jammu and Kashmir, in light of events 'going very wrong there.'
In a statement, the Congress slammed Pakistan for 'mischievously' dragging their party leader Mr. Rahul Gandhi's name in a petition reportedly moved in the United Nations to justify its 'lies' and misinformation on Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, the opposition party said Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were and would always be an integral part of India as it accused Pakistan of instigating violence there.
The chief Congress spokesperson, Mr. Randeep Surjewala said the party had noticed 'reports citing an alleged petition moved by Pakistani Government to United Nations on Jammu & Kashmir, wherein the name of Shri Rahul Gandhi has been mischievously dragged to justify the pack of lies and deliberate misinformation being spread by Pakistan.'
'Let no one in the world be in doubt that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and shall always remain an integral part of India. No amount of diabolical deception by Pakistan shall change this irrevocable truth,' he said in a statement.
Mr. Surjewala said Pakistan should instead answer to the world about the 'unpardonable and inhumane violations of human rights' in PoK-Gilgit-Hunza-Balochistan.
The neighbouring country also owed an explanation for the 'designed persecution' of over seven crore Mohajirs (Muslim immigrants of multi-ethnic origin and their descendants, who migrated from various regions of India to Pakistan after independence) and the killing of over 25,000 of them by its forces, he added.
He said besides the instances of human rights violations in Balochistan, thousands had gone missing and mass graves were being uncovered by different agencies.
Let the world be reminded again that almost every terrorist organisation thrives in Pakistan under political and military patronage – be it the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda or Taliban and its multiple offshoots,' he added.