Indian Defence Minister Declares Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir Belongs to India

Indian Defence Minister declares PoK belongs to India, confident residents will demand integration due to India's economic growth and defence capabilities. Remarks made amid elections, with implications for regional geopolitics and India-Pakistan relations.

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Indian Defence Minister Declares Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir Belongs to India

Indian Defence Minister Declares Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir Belongs to India

On April 22, 2024, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and expressed confidence that PoK residents will eventually demand integration with India due to the country's rapid economic growth and development in the defence sector.

Singh stated, "PoK was, is and will remain ours" and claimed that as India's economy and development continue to grow, the people of PoK will themselves demand to be a part of India. He asserted that India has attained a stature where no one can browbeat the country, and that India will be among the top three economies in the world in a few years.

The Defence Minister also said, "India has attained a stature where no one can intimidate the country, and that India does not interfere in the matters of others, 'but if we are interfered with... you understand what will happen'."

Why this matters: Singh's statement comes amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in India, where political parties have intensified their poll campaigns. The declaration regarding PoK's status and India's growing economic and defence capabilities carries significant implications for the region's geopolitical dynamics and India's relations with Pakistan.

Singh's remarks were made in the context of India's advancements in the defence sector, with the country transforming from an importer to an exporter of defence equipment. He also criticized the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over the law and order situation, particularly the recent incidents in Sandeshkhali, stating that a government where women are not safe should not remain in power.

Key Takeaways

  • Indian Defence Minister declared PoK belongs to India, residents will demand integration.
  • India's economic growth and defence capabilities make it a formidable power, no one can intimidate it.
  • India transformed from defence importer to exporter, will be among top 3 economies soon.
  • Statement made amid Lok Sabha elections, carries geopolitical implications for India-Pakistan relations.
  • Defence Minister also criticized Trinamool Congress govt in West Bengal over law and order.