Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday used the term “Indian occupied Kashmir” (IOK) for Kashmir while trying to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the state of affairs in the valley.
“Narendra Modi ji is more concerned about Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He thanks the people living in that area and that of Balochistan. But he is not ready to talk with people living in Kashmir. If we have to bring trust in the region, whether its Indian occupied Kashmir or Pakistan occupied Kashmir, we have to do that through talks,” Singh told reporters in Bhopal.
The Congress leader, however, very soon went in damage control mode as he said that the Prime Minister is least bothered about Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.
“I said that Prime Minister Modi is not concerned about India’s Kashmir but about PoK. Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he said.
The prime minister had, in his Independence Day speech, attacked Pakistan over alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan, Gilgit and “occupied” Kashmir.
“I want to specially thank some special people from the Red Fort. In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak-occupied Kashmir had conveyed good wishes and gratitude to me,” Modi said in his address from the ramparts of Red Fort.