PoK is ours and we will take it: Shah


Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and “we will take it”, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Saturday as he castigated the Congress for trying to “frighten” the BJP by saying the neighbouring country possesses atom bombs.
Addressing rallies in support for BJP candidates Anurag Thakur and Rajiv Bhardwaj from Hamirpur and Kangra parliamentary seats respectively, he also appealed to people to ensure the BJP’s victory in the bypolls to six assembly seats for the formation of the new government in the hill state, currently ruled by the Congress.
Two governments would be formed – one at the Centre and the other in Himachal Pradesh – after the election results are announced on June 4, he said and added that according to his information “Rahul Baba would go to Bangkok on June 6 for relaxation”.
Shah said that only a strong government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi can fight terrorism, ensure economic growth and take care of the poor.
“The Congress is trying to frighten us by saying that Pakistan has an atom bomb…. And, today I speak from this land… In Himachal – Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) hamara hai, hamara rahega aur hum ise lekar rahenge (PoK is ours and it will remain ours. We will take it).”
“Today the people of PoK say that we want to be a part of India and this is the charisma of Modi,” he said and added the slogan of Modi “is the slogan of a developed and self-sufficient India”.
Shah said that even when Article 370 was scrapped in 2019, Congress leaders said it would lead to a bloodbath but not even a single stone was hurled in Jammu and Kashmir.
During the Congress regime, terrorists from Pakistan used to intrude into India, trigger blasts and return, Shah said, adding this completely changed under the Modi government.
“We conducted surgical strikes and wiped out terrorists in their homes which put an end to such tactics,” he said, referring to the targeting of terrorist launch pads after the Uri and Pulwama incidents. (PTI)