The Rajya Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill, the bill also sailed through in Lok Sabha Tuesday. The bill aims to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories namely Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. With the division, there was some suspicion over India's legitimate claim on regions occupied by Pakistan and China. Following which rumors started doing rounds that India has abandoned PoK and disputed Aksai Chin with China.
However, the claim that the Indian Government has abandoned POK and Aksai Chin after bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir is false.
The brewing storm in the cup for Jammu and Kashmir came clear on Monday when Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha to dilute Article 370 which provide special status to the state, introducing the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.
The bill sailed through the Rajya Sabha on Monday and was cleared by Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Following this, the bill on Wednesday got accent of President paving its way to becoming law. The bill divides the state Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and brings it under the direct constitutional rule of Country.
With the state bifurcated into two Union Territories, there arouse some confusion regarding the PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and disputed border region Aksai Chin with China.
Moreover, the messages started doing rounds on Social media sites claiming that a bifurcation is a tool used by the government to distract people from the Unnao gang-rape incident. The user in the message alleged that, with the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the region occupied by Pakistan has now gone to Pakistan and that administered by China to Chinese.
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However, the claim of the user appears unfounded as these are not based on facts.
The Home minister replying to one of the question in Lok Sabha regarding the PoK and Aksai Chin said that there is no question of India giving its legitimate claims on Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The home minister replying to the query whether the new provisions would also include PoK the home minister said: “We will give our lives”. “Kashmir is an integral part of our country, there is no doubt about it. When I say Jammu and Kashmir I include Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin, both are included in the territorial boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir.”
On Wednesday when China criticized India’s move of bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir saying that revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and carving out Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir would undermine China territorial sovereignty.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday responded The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019, introduced by the Government in Parliament on 5 August, which proposes the formation of a new "Union Territory of Ladakh" is an internal matter concerning the territory of India. India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise.
So far as the India-China boundary question is concerned, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: "the two sides have agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of India-China Boundary Question. Pending such a settlement, both sides have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas on the basis of the relevant agreements".
Earlier in the lead up to the introduction of the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, 5 August. The centre had geared itself up by deploying additional forces. The centre on August one deployed 25,000 more troops to prevent any untoward incident. On August 4 CrPC 144 was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir until further orders.
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