In what seemed to be a major goof-up, the Uttar Pradesh unit of Indian National Congress mentioned Kashmir as a region ‘occupied by India’ in a booklet launched by it on three years of Narendra Modi government, ANI reported on Saturday. The booklet, launched by Congress on assessment of work done by central government in three years, published a map where Kashmir region was mentioned as ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)’. Page 11 of the booklet, where the map has been published, talks of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The text appearing below the map says that the $54 billion CPEC will pass through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, connecting Gwadar Port in the Arabian Sea to China. The party, in an apparent bid to target the Modi-led central government, asked if the project raises questions over India’s claim on PoK. The booklet, which published the map was launched during a press conference addressed by senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar.
“The Modi government has been busy inaugurating schemes that were initiated by the previous UPA government….The recent inauguration of the Assam to Arunachal bridge is being shown as if it was undertaken by the Modi government. However 90 to 95 per cent of its work had already been done,” Azad said.
Slamming Modi’s Islamabad policy, Azad said that during the UPA’s tenure, whenever Pakistani leaders visited India, Modi would say that soldiers were dying on the border but Congress leaders were serving biryani. “But what is happening now?…Diplomacy of sari, shawl and mango is taking place. Our Prime Minister went to visit the Pakistani PM uninvited,” said Azad, the Congress’ UP in charge.
Azad pointed out that 578 jawans have been martyred in the past three years, of which, 203 were in J&K alone. “There have been 1,343 infiltration bids from the Pakistan side in J&K…This government is a reactive government, it does not take any step on its own,” Azad said.