Looking at Kashmir's development, even PoK will wish to be part of India: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
“Our effort in the next five years will be to change its face so much that people of PoK will feel envious. They will wish that if they were part of India, then their fate too would have changed" Rajnath Singh said addressing the BJP workers from Jammu and Kashmir.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) will wish to part of India and that it will lead to the fulfilment of the Parliament's resolution.
On Sunday, Singh said that the Narendra Modi government will change the face of Jammu and Kashmir with developmental works so much so that even people from the PoK would demand to join the Indian nation. The defence minister was addressing Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) virtual “Jan Samvad” rally for J&K.
"Our government has been successful in sending the message that Jammu and Kashmir's development is its priority,” he said. “Our effort in the next five years will be to change its face so much that people of PoK will feel envious. They will wish that if they were part of India, then their fate too would have changed."
He further claimed that after witnessing such fast-paced development, “there will be demand from the PoK to be freed of Pakistan's occupation and to live with India. When this happens, then Parliament's resolution will also be fulfilled."
The defence minister likened Article 370 to a "stain" and said it has been removed due to the courage of Prime Minister Modi.
Notably, during the passage of amendments to Article 370 and 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had reiterated that the PoK and Aksai Chin, which is under China's occupation, are an integral part of India. The Parliament had also passed a resolution that the PoK is part of India.
Addressing the BJP workers, Singh said that earlier Pakistan's and terrorist organisations’ flags would be seen in protests in Kashmir, and now Indian tricolour is visible there.
He cited a number of developmental works undertaken in J & K including the establishment of central universities and AIIMS. Singh added that the Central government has spent over Rs 2 lakh crore in the erstwhile state between 2014 and 2019.
Earlier, money meant for the region's development would often be lost to corruption, and separatists and some other politicians would at times speak in favour of Pakistan, he said.
"Their back has been broken," the defence minister said, referring to the revocation of Article 370.