Source:- india Today
On Wednesday, Malwinder Singh Mali, one of four advisors to Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, stirred outrage when he asserted that Kashmir was a separate country and that both India and Pakistan were unlawful inhabitants.
In a tweet, Malwinder Singh Mali wrote, “Kashmir is a separate country and India and Pakistan are illegal occupants. It belongs to the people of Kashmir.”
INSULT TO MARTYRS: SHIROMANI AKALI DAL
Malwinder Singh Mali's tweet, according to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Majithia, was an attempt to humiliate martyrs who had given their lives fighting for India in Kashmir.
Bikram Mehta told "He [Mali] said that Kashmir is the country of Kashmiris, which means Kashmir is a separate country. He also said that India and Pakistan have illegally encroached upon Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi, is this not an insult to martyrs?”
He also told “If he [Rahul Gandhi] endorses Mali's views, then the real face of the Congress will be exposed. If not, what action will he take against Mali?”
SIDHU IS AN INCONSISTENT POLITICIAN, SAYS THE BJP
Malwinder Singh Mali's inflammatory tweet was also blasted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which urged action against him. "Many Army and allied forces personnel, besides the Jammu and Kashmir police, have sacrificed their lives to save Kashmir from Pakistan-sponsored terrorists. A number of martyrs belong to Punjab. Mali is trying to shrink the supreme sacrifices made by these martyrs," Vineet Joshi said.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, according to the BJP leader, is a "unstable politician."
"BJP gave him a political identity. His wife was given a party ticket and then he switched his loyalties and joined Congress. The infighting within the Punjab Congress unit is the outcome of the unfulfilled political ambitions of Navjot Sidhu. He can go to any length and now he is trying to sprinkle salt on the wounds of martyrs’ families," Vineet Joshi stated.
Navjot Singh Sidhu's silence on the subject, as well as the vandalism of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's statue in Lahore for the third time during Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's tenure, has been questioned by the BJP.
"Sidhu has a soft corner for Pakistan. His controversial hugs with Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa are still fresh in the minds of the people. Sidhu lives in India but his mind is somewhere else," BJP leader Vineet Joshi said.
MALI IS ADVISED BY CAPTAIN'S CAMP TO ‘SPEAK WITHIN LIMITS.'
While Navjot Singh Sidhu has kept silent on the matter, Raj Kumar Verka, a close adviser to Captain Amarinder Singh and the Punjab government's spokesperson, has criticised Malwinder Singh Mali for his tweet. Mali should not spread animosity, he advised.
"I think the issue of Kashmir is very sensitive and one should avoid commenting on it like this. This has hurt the sentiments of the people of this country. I don't know Malwinder Mali and in what context he issued this statement but he should speak within limits. Fostering brotherhood and patriotism is good but earning hatred is bad," Congress leader Raj Kumar Verka said.
Malwinder Singh Mali has yet to respond to any criticism he has received for his tweet.
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