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No power can separate Kashmir from India, says Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 August 2016, 21:02 IST

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh once again lashed out at Pakistan in the Rajya Sabha over the country's interference in Kashmir and said that nothing would take away Jammu and Kashmir from India, repeating his assertion that the unrest and violence in Kashmir has been sponsored by Pakistan.

"Kashmir is an inseparable part of India. No power on earth can separate it from India," Rajnath said in the Rajya Sabha on the current situation in the Kashmir Valley.

While addressing the Rajya Sabha, Singh said that India was willing to discuss only Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) with Pakistan and that the question of discussing Jammu and Kashmir with Islamabad just does not arise.

Rajnath's comments come after regular provocations by Pakistan over the ongoing tensions in Kashmir.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had described the Kashmir issue as the main pillar of Islamabad's foreign policy.

Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had described the Kashmir issue as the main pillar of Islamabad's foreign policy and called upon its diplomats to canvas an opinion in the world on Jammu and Kashmir and tell them that the "Kashmir issue is not the internal matter of India".

Last month, he had described Kashmir as "unfinished agenda" of the United Nations and vowed to raise the issue at every international platform.

To further provoke Rajnath Singh, Sharif also declared Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani a 'martyr' of an 'independence movement', Wani's killing by security forces had sparked protests and tensions that continue to cripple life in Kashmir.

Till now 50 people killed have been killed and thousands of civilians and security personnel have been injured in clashes in Kashmir.

First published: 10 August 2016, 21:02 IST
 
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