Taking a dig at Pakistan Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a scathing attack reminded Islamabad about the breakup of Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh, warning that something similar could happen in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir if it did not mend its ways. Do not repeat the ‘mistake’, he said in Jaipur.
“Pakistan broke up in 1971 – Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed. I am saying do not repeat the mistake, or else understand clearly what will happen to PoK,” he said.
Singh made the reference to the 1971 War, fought when Indira Gandhi was prime minister, during an event at Dhankya village in the memory of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
“We do not accept the existence of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan has kept it forcibly occupied and therefore, even today, 24 seats have been kept vacant for PoK in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and I will not say beyond this,” Singh said.
He said India was ‘very careful’ while taking action against terror camps in Balakot across the border after the Pulwama attack.
It was not an attack on Pakistan’s army or a challenge to the sovereignty of Pakistan, he added.