New Delhi: Amid a raging debate in the Congress over its aggressively anti-government stand on the Kashmir issue, former party president Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday to squarely blame Pakistan for “violence” in J&K.
Gandhi added that his differences with the government aside, Kashmir will remain India’s “internal issue”.
“There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world… Let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it,” Gandhi said in multiple tweets.
There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 28 August 2019
The Congress leader’s comments come days after his remarks following a failed attempt to tour the Kashmir Valley were widely reported in Pakistani media. Gandhi had last week said that he got a taste of the current "draconian administration" in Jammu and Kashmir when he and other opposition leaders were barred from leaving the Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi.
Gandhi was also mentioned in a letter sent by Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Monday to bolster Islamabad’s stand at the United Nations. The letter also quotes Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad questioning the restrictions in Kashmir.
Gandhi’s tweet on Wednesday was cheered by Thiruvananthapuram MP who landed in trouble with his Congress colleagues for suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be “praised for doing the right things”.
“Spot on, Chief! This is what @INCIndia has insisted all along: J&K is an integral part of India… No reason for Pak to draw any comfort from our stand,” Tharoor tweeted.
Spot on, Chief! This is what @INCIndia has insisted all along: J&K is an integral part of India; we opposed the manner in which Art.370 was abrogated because the way it was done assaulted our Constitution& democratic values. No reason for Pak to draw any comfort from our stand https://t.co/iI8HZ6sopU— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 28, 2019
Apart from Tharoor, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, too, had openly stated that it is wrong to "demonise" Modi as it is not helping the party, triggering a verbal duel with party spokespersons.
In an apparent tribe at the trio, senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said on Monday that if the opposition starts singing praises for those in power, then "democracy will be destroyed".
Asked about his advice to leaders praising Modi, he said, "I have quit giving advice, everyone should realise their responsibility."