t’s time to retrieve PoK, says Jitendra Singh

New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 : Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh on Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and added that the time has come for India to retrieve that part of Kashmir which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan.

"There is no compromise in the integration of Jammu and Kashmir. It use to be integral part of India and the only agenda left for us is to retrieve the part of Jammu and Kashmir which continues to remain under the illegal occupation of Pakistan," said Singh.

Singh said that the government will not compromise as far as terrorism is concerned and that no harm should come to innocent people particularly the children and youth.

He also urged to join together so that the innocent youth of Kashmir don't get misguided by the handful of people who are using the children's of the poor sections for triggering violence .

"I think there is an absolute coordination between the centre and the state. Therefore we are moving in the right direction, all of us. I am sure very soon things will return to normal in the valley and we will move ahead in the course of development, as it has been always said by the Prime Minster," Singh added.

Earlier today, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the current situation in the valley.

Mufti asserted that if Islamabad is really concerned about the situation in the valley, then it will try to help in fixing the crisis rather than fanning flames of agitation.

"The Prime Minister is quite concerned just the way we are regarding the situation in Kashmir. He reiterated that the basis of the PDP-BJP alliance is to continue the trend of reconciliation with Pakistan that Vajpayeeji had started and use it to solve the problems in Kashmir," she said.

She said if Pakistan has any sympathy for the people of Kashmir, then they will stop provoking the youth into attacking security forces.

She called on the separatists to help the state government in figuring out a solution to the Kashmir unrest.

The situation in the valley continues to be grim. On Saturday, a police constable was shot dead by terrorists in Pulwama District. Normal life in the Kashmir Valley has remained paralysed for 50 consecutive days following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last month.

All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have been closed since July 9.

Source: ANI