Pro-India banners removed by Pakistan police, one arrested

Pro-India banners carried a map envisioning the Akhand Bharat (undivided India) showing parts of the present-day States of Pakistan

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Pro-India banners removes by Pakistan police, one arrested

Islamabad: Pro-India banners which appeared in different parts of the Pakistan capital, including in the high-security Red Zone, hailing India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir have been removed by authorities who arrested a man in this connection.

The Pro-India banners carried a map envisioning Akhand Bharat (undivided India) showing parts of the present-day States of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and warnings about Balochistan.

The Pro-India banners carried a message of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. “Aaj Jammu & Kashmir liya hai Kal Balochistan, PoK lenge. Mujhe vishwsas hai desh ka PM Akhand Hindustan ka sapna poora karenhe (Today we took Jammu and Kashmir, tomorrow we will take Balochistan and PoK. I am sure Prime Minister Modi will make the dream of undivided India come true),” said the message was written on the banners.

The banners, which appeared on roads in front of Press Club, Sector F-6 and Abpara Chowk on Tuesday, went unnoticed for a long time before some passers-by spotted them and informed the police who took down the banners, the Dawn reported. The district magistrate, Islamabad, has ordered an inquiry as to why the banners were removed after a delay of almost five hours, the daily said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that two persons riding a motorcycle appeared in F-6 Sector early on Tuesday morning and strung the panaflexes over poles. The action was captured by cameras of the Safe City Project, the Dawn reported. Police have detained a man in Blue Area on Tuesday evening in this connection.

In less than 24 hours of turning Article 370 (and, in effect Article 35A) defunct in the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted in Lok Sabha that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and that Kashmir Valley is an integral part of the country, as it always was.

The home minister said the people of Ladakh had long demanded a separate Union Territory status, which was fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government, while he moved a resolution for abrogating some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill on 6 August 2019. “Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin are included in it and can die for it.” Amit Shah said.

Amit Shah said “Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of Union of India. Kashmir ki seema men PoK bhi aata hai… Jaan de denge iske liye! (PoK also falls under the boundaries of Kashmir, too. We will sacrifice our lives for it.),” Shah said in response to a question by the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha.