India is committed to retrieving the portion of Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan, said defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday while accusing Islamabad of “torture and harassment” of people in the region.
Speaking at an event in Kashmir, the senior BJP leader said that New Delhi is committed to implementing the 1994 resolution passed by the Parliament to take back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, including Gilgit and Baltistan.
“India is committed to implementing the 1994 resolution passed in the Parliament about retrieving the part of Kashmir which is under illegal occupation of Pakistan,” Rajnath said while addressing the Infantry Day function at the old Air Field in Srinagar.
India feels the pain of every citizen of PoK where torture and harassment are regular features, he said, adding, “Pakistan government is sowing the seeds of hatred in PoK and time is not far when people will resort to mass rebellion there,” Singh said.
“People of PoK are being deprived of all basic rights and we are fully aware of it.”
Infantry Day is observed to commemorate the Indian Army’s achievement in pushing back Pakistani invaders in 1947.
Singh said the army gave a befitting reply to enemies who tried to play mischief by occupying Kashmir illegally just after India’s Independence and paid tributes to the soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice.
He said the dream of Sardar Vallabhai Patel will be fulfilled when all refugees of 1947 will get their land and homes back. “And I assure you that day will come.”
The defence minister said that J&K is marching towards success, peace and prosperity after the revocation of Article 370. “Before that, Kashmiri society was divided into segments.”
“Infantry Day reminds us to renew our pledge to root out our enemies and protect the country’s sovereignty,” Singh stated while lauding the soldiers for their valour and commitment towards protecting the borders and taking the country to new heights.