Expressing concern over alleged leasing out of land of Gilgit, Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to China and increasing their presence in these areas, the opposition staged a walkout from J-K assembly today amidst uproarious scenes.
Opposition BJP, JKNPP and Jammu State Morcha (JSM) staged the walkout demanding liberation of PoK and getting it back to the Indian fold.
BJP members led by Jugal Kishore, JKNPP members headed by Balwant Singh Mankotia and JSM member Ashwani Kumar raised the issue of alleged leasing out of land by Pakistan in Gilgit, Baltistan and PoK to China.
They expressed concern over the alleged increasing presence of China in these areas and sought a reply from the government.
Asserting that the Centre should take measures in this regard, they demanded that PoK should be liberated and taken back as per a resolution in Parliament that PoK and other areas are parts of India.
Referring to media reports, Jugal Kishore claimed that China was using the land in these areas and Pakistan had leased out some parts to China to keep a tab on the activities of India.
The BJP leader accused both the state and central governments of remaining mum on the issue.
During their protests, the House witnessed uproarious scenes after the revenue minister Raman Bhalla said it was an issue concerning the Union home ministry.
The members later staged a walkout from the House over the issue.