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Namrata Biji Ahuja
Namrata Biji Ahuja

INDIA-PAK TIES

PoK a part of India, Pakistan should vacate it: Centre

PTI8_22_2016_000242A BSF jawans stand guard during curfew in Srinagar | PTI

India on Wednesday asserted that Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir was a part of it and that the neighbouring country must vacate it's illegal occupation of the area. Minister of state in PMO, Jitender Singh said all rights of people living in PoK would be taken care of by the Indian government once Pakistan left its claim.

For the first time, the Centre has decided to compensate victims of cross border firing at the international border and line of control with Pakistan besides other international borders, meeting a long pending demand from such people who suffer injuries in firing. This category of victims had not been included in victim compensation scheme of the Centre which doled out compensation to victims of terrorism related incidents and communal violence.

Singh said the union cabinet had approved a victims compensation fund of Rs 5 lakhs for victims of cross border firing. The scheme will also include those who suffer injures in IED blasts in Maoist areas.

On people living in PoK and suffer due to cross border firing, the minister said once PoK became part of India, those people would also be included under the scheme.

Asked on whether there was a need to take effective measures to stop casualties and disabilities of civilians who live along borders for many years and suffer a lot, Singh said the ministry of defence and home would take adequate steps to minimise such incidents.

Singh also said the Centre was taking a lot of steps along with the Jammu and Kashmir government to restore normalcy in the valley . "It is only a handful of people who are sponsored by foreign elements and extremist forces who are triggering such violence ," he said adding that the design behind the stone pelting incidents would be unraveled soon since the Kashmir youth themselves did not want to indulge in violence.

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