Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Pakistan must refrain from demanding a referendum in Jammu & Kashmir, while addressing a public rally in Haridwar.
“If at all a referendum is required, it is needed in Pakistan, where people should be asked whether they want to continue in Pakistan or are demanding the country’s merger with India,” Singh said at a public meeting.
While talking about Indo-Pak relationship, he said, “India has always rooted for peaceful relations, but Islamabad repeatedly tries to disrupt the relationship. There is an urgent need to stop terrorists operating from there, and those who are asking for a referendum on Kashmir.”
India’s surgical strike in POK “sent out a clear message to the world at large about the capability of our defence forces,” he added.