Separatists, militants upbeat by Pak support as angry BJP seeks OIC help

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2015 19:46 IST

While the separatists are upbeat by unprecedented street and media shows in Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take note of the "oppressed people" of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"OIC should take note of oppressed people of PoK, Gilgit and Baltistan. Pakistan has changed the demography in Gilgit and Baltistan and left no stone unturned to settle outsiders there," said BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir.

On Thursday, Pakistan observed the 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' and its Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharief, addressed the PoK assembly.

The Pakistani government, while declaring a national holiday, raised its pitch on Kashmir and allowed the United Jehad Council (UJC) supremo, Syed Salahuddin, and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed, to address rallies on the occasion.

"Such (Pakistani) measures need to be appreciated wherein solidarity is expressed with the people of Kashmir. The speech made by Pakistan PM is encouraging and has strengthened belief of people in resolution of Kashmir issue," said UJC chief Salahuddin.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, described the support of Pakistan "on moral, political and diplomatic front" as "historic".

He expressed satisfaction over passing of resolution in Pakistan National Assembly regarding Kashmir issue.

"Hurriyat wants friendly relations between India and Pakistan based on equality so that they could hammer out solution of Kashmir issue," the Mirwaiz added.

The BJP, however, reacted sharply to Pakistan's attempt to hog limelight over the Kashmir issue.

"Pakistan needs to first set its own house in order and then poke its nose into Jammu and Kashmir. People of Kashmir have full faith in Indian democracy and overwhelming participation of the people in recent assembly polls is an ample proof of it," said BJP spokesman Jehangir.

He said Pakistan was "orchestrating bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir, fought a proxy war and used Kashmiri youth for making its plans work in JK."

"Pakistan has failed to keep the pot boiling due to the befitting reply given by the security forces and people of Kashmir foiling their sinister designs," Jehangir added.

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