Union Home Minister Amit Shah set the record straight on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir during the debate on the Article 370 in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. During the fiery discussion and opposition by the Congress lawmakers, when asked on what is the status of the PoK, Shah remarked, “when we talk about Jammu and Kashmir, we talk about the entire state, which includes PoK too. Jaan de denge iske liye (we will give our lives for this cause).” He also added that whenever he talks about Jammu and Kashmir, it not only includes Pakistan Occupied Kashmir but Aksai Chin also. (KASHMIR DEBATE LIVE)
Taking the Congress’ political battle in the Lower House, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked, “How can Jammu and Kashmir be an internal matter?... The entire party wants to be enlightened by you.” He also attacked the Modi government and said, “You violated all rules and converted a state into a Union Territory overnight.” To this Shah replied, “Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu and Kashmir.”
At one point during the debate, Choudhury questioned the Modi government and asked: ‘If Indira did Shimla Agreement and Vajpayee did Lahore declaration, then how is Article 370 internal issue, when United Nations is monitoring?” The Union Home Minister shot back and said, “Please confirm if this is the Congress party’s official position.”
On Monday, the government on Monday revoked Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status, and proposed the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement. Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill. The chiefs of the two parties, NC's Omar Abdullah and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, as well as People's Conference's leader Sajjad Lone were arrested in Srinagar on Monday evening, officials said.