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Baba Ramdev to PM Modi: Our kids only see Kashmir on maps; start campaign to free PoK

News Agencies | Updated on: 30 July 2016, 10:17 IST

Calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a campaign to free Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has said it was about time that India took concrete steps to take back the "captured and disputed" land.

"Prime Minister Modi should begin a campaign to free PoK. Nawaz Sharif has the nerve to say that Pakistan will take Kashmir at any cost. Our children look at Kashmir only on the maps but Pakistan has captured it. When a cowardly nation captures a part of a great nation, we can't just sit silently," said Ramdev.

He added that the Prime Minister should take concrete steps to destroy active terrorist organisations targeting India from the Pakistani soil.

Earlier, describing Kashmir as an "unfinished agenda" of the United Nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to raise the issue at every international platform and provide all support to Kashmiris.

Sharif had also praised slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani and called him a "martyr", accusing India of human rights violations in the Valley.

In response, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave a fitting reply to Sharif for interfering in India's internal matters and trying to "destabilise the situation in the Kashmir Valley", saying that the continuous remarks by Pakistan are somewhere leading to a malicious propaganda against India.

Meanwhile, People in Neelum valley in PoK on 29 July took to the streets to protest the rigged 21 July elections, which was won by Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

The protesters had to face the police's wrath as they burnt the Pakistani flag and raised slogans against the government.

Apart from blackening election posters, the protesters also burnt tyres, blocked traffic and clashed with the police personnel deployed on duty.

Widespread protests have been witnessed in the major PoK towns, including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur, after members of the PML (N) killed a supporter of the Muslim Conference (MC) in Muzaffarabad.

Locals allege that the elections in PoK are always fixed in favour of the ruling party in Pakistan, at present for instance, for the PML-N.


First published: 30 July 2016, 10:17 IST