India’s responsibility to free PoK from Pakistan’s illegal occupation: Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that it was India’s responsibility that we free PoK and Gilgit Baltistan from the illegal occupation of Pakistan. “Our responsibility that we free PoK and Gilgit Baltistan from the illegal occupation of Pakistan,” he said.

This is the second time the MoS PMO has spoken about liberate PoK. He had earlier said only “outstanding issue is how to liberate part of J&K which is under illegal occupation of Islamabad.” He was reacting to Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit comment on the country’s Independence Day that – “As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we are dedicating this year’s Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir. And we firmly believe that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain.”

Singh also hoped that the situation in the troubled Kashmir Valley will soon return to normal as the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government are moving forward in the right direction with “absolute” coordination.

The Valley has been witnessing unrest for the last 49 days following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8. “There is absolute coordination between the Centre and the state and therefore, we are moving in the right direction. I am sure very soon things will return to normal in the Valley,” he told reporters here.

Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, had earlier said that common man in the streets of Srinagar does not approve of violence but there are a handful of people sponsored by foreign agencies who are triggering violence in the state.

PM Narendra Modi and Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti today met at 7, RCR to discuss a resolution for the Kashmir unrest.

As many as 68 people, including two police personnel, have been killed and several thousands injured since July 9.

With inputs from PTI.