Indian PM Modi wants “quick delimitation” in IIOJK

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – June 25, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said that the delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) gets an elected government that gives strength to IIOJK’s development trajectory.

According to an Indian press release, the Indian premier held a meeting with leaders from ‘selected’ political parties of IIOJK, whereat detailed discussions were done on strengthening democracy in IIOJK.

In the backdrop of establishment of three tier panchayati raj system (PRS) with the election and constitution of block and district development councils, there were detailed deliberations on how to give further fillip to the democratic process in IIOJK.

Leaders of selected political parties shared their views on the way forward in this regard.

They also expressed their commitment to the constitution and strengthening democracy.

Indian PM Modi appreciated the cordial atmosphere of talks and the frank exchange of views.

He stressed that his priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in IIOJK.

Indian PM told the selected leaders of IIOJK that it is the people, especially the youth who have to provide political leadership to IIOJK, and ensure their aspirations are duly fulfilled.

He also expressed satisfaction at the progress of development projects in IIOJK.

Indian PM Modi urged all the selected leaders to work together for the progress of IIOJK and to realise the aspirations of youth.

Indian home minister (HM) Amit Shah said that IIOJK has come a long way with major boost to development along with transparency.

Around 90 percent saturation has been achieved in individual beneficiary central government schemes in IIOJK.

Several major road projects, two new All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 7 new medical colleges are being set up.

New industrial policy has been notified with Indian Rs 28,400 crore package to accelerate industrial growth in IIOJK with creation of 4.5 lakh jobs.

Indian HM Shah emphasised that the delimitation exercise and peaceful elections are important milestones in restoring statehood as promised in parliament.

Among the attendees, the selected political leaders of IIOJK were Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Kavinder Gupta, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Nirmal Singh, Tara Chand, Mohd Altaf Bukhari, Sajad Gani Lone, Ravinder Raina, Gulam Ahmed Mir, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami and Bhim Singh.

Indian HM Shah, IIOJK lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha, national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, minister of state (MoS) Jitendra Singh and senior officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, back in Pakistan, the parliamentary committee on Kashmir (PCoK) chairman Shehryar Khan Afridi, on Thursday, reiterated position on Kashmir dispute and said that Pakistan will not engage with India until it revokes its decision of illegally annexing the disputed IIOJK territory.

According to a press release, speaking to a delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), PCoK chairman Afridi said that Pakistan is closely monitoring the situation in Kashmir and constantly getting the feedback from the ground in IIOJK about the developments in the region.

He said that the new step of the Hindutva government of India of talking with the pro-India politicians of IIOJK is nothing but a facade to hoodwink the international community.

He said that Pakistan has successfully been able to put diplomatic pressure on the Indian State about its violation of the international law and therefore the Indian government wants to befool international community and give a semblance that it has started some sort of democratic process.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that Indian government is actually talking to its own agents in IIOJK falsely portraying them as “Kashmiri leadership”.

“It is a situation where Delhi is talking to Delhi,” he said.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that these are the same people who have been playing India’s game in the region, and have been rejected by the majority population.

He said the actual representatives of the IIOJK people including the entire Hurriyat leadership is still behind bars since August 5, 2019.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that Pakistan is aware of the gambit and the successive Indian governments have always used these manoeuvres to deceive the international community.

He said that the bogey of returning statehood is not a step towards restoring the August 5, 2019, decisions, but, in fact, strengthening the occupational structure in the disputed territory.

“We have defeated the Indian designs since the illegal annexation of the disputed region and will continue to do so and tell the international community that Kashmir is a dispute and continues to burn,” PCoK chairman Afridi said.

He said these exercises of Indian government of engaging “their own puppets” can’t be a substitute to the aspirations of the IIOJK people demanding right to self determination.

He appealed the international community not to get fooled by these cosmetic steps by India.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that Pakistan stands committed to the IIOJK’s right to self-determination and will do anything to ensure that Kashmiris get their birth right of freedom from India’s illegal occupation.