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“Rahul Gandhi’s name has been mischievously dragged by Pak”: Congress

New Delhi | The Congress has slammed Pakistan for “mischievously” dragging Rahul Gandhi’s name in a petition for the United Nations against scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, the Congress said that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were and will always be an integral part of India as it accused Pakistan of instigating violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party had noticed “reports citing an alleged petition moved by Pakistani Government to United Nations on Jammu & Kashmir, where Rahul Gandhi’s name has been mischievously dragged to justify the pack of lies and deliberate misinformation being spread by Pakistan”.

“Let no one in the world be in doubt that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and shall always remain an integral part of India. No amount of diabolical deception by Pakistan shall change this irrevocable truth,” he said in a statement.

Surjewala said Pakistan should instead answer to the world about the “unpardonable and inhumane violations of human rights” in PoK.

Pakistan also owed an explanation for the “designed persecution” of over seven crore Mohajirs (Muslim immigrants of multi-ethnic origin and their descendants, who migrated from various regions of India to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan) and the killing of over 25,000 of them by its forces, he added.

Surjewala also said that Pakistan should answer about the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan, where thousands have gone missing.

Let the world be reminded again that almost every terrorist organisation thrives in Pakistan under political and military patronage – be it Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda or Taliban and its multiple offshoots,” the Congress leader said.

“We urge that Pakistan should answer these issues, both internally to its people as also to the international community, instead of raising the fake Kashmir bogey,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi, earlier today, had said that despite differences with the government on various grounds, he maintained that Kashmir issue is an internal matter of India.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it”.

“There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world”, he had added.

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