Coming down heavily on Pakistan over the reported human rights violations of its ethnic people Balochs and Pashtuns, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday warned the neighbouring country that it would be split into pieces if it continues with the practice.
“You can see they’re getting discouraged. Pakistan PM comes to PoK and says ‘countrymen don’t go to India-Pak border’. I say it’s good because if they do, they would not be able to return to Pakistan. They should not commit the mistake of repeating 1965 and 1971.
“If they (Pakistan) repeat it, they would have to think what would become of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Human rights violations are committed against Balochs and Pashtuns there. If it continues, no power will be able to protect Pakistan from getting further divided into pieces,” Rajnath said at an event organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Patna to create awareness about Article 370 that was abrogated on August 5.
“Article 370 was a wound in the Constitution which bloodied our heart and our Kashmir, the heaven on the earth. Everyone dreams and says they don’t become a reality. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has displayed that we too dream, but with eyes wide open. And our dream became a reality,” he said.
Blaming Articles 370 and 35A for the spread of terrorism in Kashmir, Rajnath said, “The terrorism has bloodied Kashmir. Let’s see how much courage Pakistan has and how many terrorists it could produce?”
“J&K will now be transformed within five years. In fact, more than three-fourths of its population wanted this provision to go. Our intentions were good and it is no surprise that our move was supported wholeheartedly by our alliance partners,” said Singh.