Hand over PoK to India if you don’t want war: Union minister Ramdas Athawale warns Pakistan

Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Friday said it is in Pakistan’s interest to hand over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to India.

“If Pakistan wants good for itself and if they don’t want a war and Imran Khan thinks of Pakistan’s interest, then he should hand over PoK to us,” said Ramdas Athawale as he cited “reports” that suggested people in the occupied territory are unhappy. The Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment was in Chandigarh to review his ministry’s schemes.

“Pakistan has tried to unsuccessfully rake up Kashmir issue once again. If they hand over PoK to us, we will set up many industries there. We will also help Pakistan in trade and help fight poverty and unemployment,” Ramdas Athawale said.

He said there are several reports point out that people in PoK are unhappy and they want to be part of India. “Reports are coming in that people in PoK don’t want to be with Pakistan & want to join India. Since 70 years Pakistan has had 1/3rd of our Kashmir captured. It is a serious matter,” Athawale added.

Athawale also claimed that after Article 370 was scrapped, there has been complete peace in Kashmir. He said the move will accelerate the pace of development in Jammu and Kashmir as Central schemes and laws, which could not be implemented earlier, will now be enforced.

The minister said the UT status of J&K is temporary and the statehood will be restored once the situation fully normalises. “The UT status in J&K will not be a permanent feature,” he said.

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Source – India Today