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India pledged to take back PoJK: Union Minister Jitendra Singh | India News


JAMMU: Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that India is committed to recovering Jammu and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoJK) and that it was the only outstanding issue between the two countries.
“There is no problem like Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir is as similar and a part of India as any other state or territory in the Union,” he said.
Referring to a parliament resolution passed in 1994 in which all parties unanimously agreed that Pakistan has to vacate areas of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said that these areas continue to be under illegal occupation by the neighboring country even after so many years.
“India is committed to the recovery of Pakistani-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and that is the only outstanding issue between India and Pakistan,” he told PTI.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, addressed a series of public meetings during the District Development Council (DDC) election campaign along the International Border (IB) in Khour, Pargwal and other areas of the district of Jammu.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it possible to take decisions such as repealing Article 370 and holding DDC elections that were previously considered impossible.
“Similarly, this task of recovering PoJK will also be carried out by the Modi government,” the minister said.
Singh claimed that the people of PoJK have long been deprived of the benefits of democracy, and it is the government’s commitment to them that will make them the beneficiaries of India’s grassroots empowerment democratic system.
It is during the Modi government, Singh said, that two years ago a 4 percent reserve was provided to IB residents on the same line as those living along the Line of Control (LoC).
He accused previous governments of playing ballot bank politics and giving reservations to the LoC areas “because they were getting their MLAs and ministers elected in those areas,” but denied the same benefit to children living on the adjacent part of the border because they didn’t. they constitute your vote bank.
“The Modi government has corrected this inhumane injustice towards the youth of this area,” added the minister.
Singh also claimed that road bridge and bunker construction work that had been pending for the past seven decades in the border areas has only resumed in the past 5-6 years.

Times of India