The BJP on Wednesday launched an all-out attack against the Congress after it emerged that Pakistan had quoted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to make a case for gross human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. Gandhi had to quickly issue a clarification condemning Pakistan calling it a promoter of terrorism across the world.
However, what went unnoticed by almost everyone was the mention of two prominent BJP leaders in the same letter by Pakistan written to the UN on the situation in Kashmir. Under the category ‘Gender-Based Violence as a weapon of war,’ Pakistan quoted Haryana’s NJP Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and a saffron party MLA from Uttar Pradesh Vikram Saini too.
It said that a ‘video surfaced around 6th August 2019 of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Vikram Saini, a Member of the Legislative Assembly, commenting as follows: “Muslim party workers should rejoice in the new provisions. They can now marry the white-skinned women of Kashmir”.”
The letter then quoted Khattar’s comments made on 10 August when he was reported to have said, “Some people are now saying that as Kashmir is open, brides will be brought from there. But jokes apart, if (the gender) ratio is improved, then there will be right balance in society.”
Rahul Gandhi had condemned Khattar for his comments on Kashmiri girls while the Delhi Commission for Women had demanded the filing of an FIR against the Haryana chief minister.
Reacting to Rahul’s Gandhi comments on the prevailing situation in Kashmir, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar had tweeted on Wednesday, “Pakistan has filed a petition in the UN using Rahul Gandhi’s statement as evidence. This is a sheer bankruptcy and also a sign of the Congress’ vote bank politics. Only when the country reacted in anger that Rahul Gandhi had to perform a U-turn today.”
India has maintained that the revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir was its internal matter. Meanwhile, the life in the valley continues to remain crippled with a complete ban on all kinds of communications including mobile phone lines and internet.