UPA overturning India’s Kashmir policy: BJP
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Feb 13: BJP today accused UPA government of overturning India’s Kashmir policy by making “dangerous” proposals like facilitating return of Kashmiri youths from PaK while not doing anything to rehabilitate thousands of Pandits who had to flee the state.
“The government is now saying that the young men who had gone to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for arms training have had a change of heart and proposes to facilitate their return to India. This is a dangerous statement and is not in favour of the country,” senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said. The former Union minister asked the government on what basis it had drawn the conclusion that these young men had a change of heart.
“Was any study done to find this out? Or is this being done under international pressure. Is there any guarantee that once they come back, they will not engage in terror? What if they do so covertly? Is there any record of how many and who all went to PoK?” Joshi asked.
Drawing a contrast with the government’s policy towards Kashmiri Pandits who, he said, had to flee Jammu and Kashmir during the height of militancy, he said nothing had been done for them.
“They (Kashmiri Pandits) are also Indians but you (UPA government) have nothing for them in your hearts? They had to suffer cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing when they were uprooted from Kashmir,” he said.
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