He went on to say that Kashmir was the property of Kashmiris only
NEW DELHI — On Wednesday, Malwinder Singh Mali, one of four advisors to Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, caused a stir when he stated that Kashmir was a separate nation and that both India and Pakistan were occupying it illegally.
Kashmir is a distinct country, and India and Pakistan are unlawful occupants, as per Malwinder Singh Mali, who stated this in a Facebook post. He added that it (Kashmir) was the property of Kashmiri people.
The views of Mr Malwinder has been met with condemnation, from the Congress party.
Shiromani Akali Dal calls it insult to martyrs
Malwinder Singh Mali’s views, according to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Majithia, was an effort to disrespect martyrs who had given their lives fighting for India in Kashmir.
As per an India Today report, Mr Bikram said that Mali declared Kashmir to be the country of Kashmiris, implying that Kashmir is a distinct country.
Bikram questioned Rahul Gandhi, saying Mali claimed that India and Pakistan had encroached on Kashmir unlawfully, so wasn’t this an insult to martyrs.
Sidhu is an unbalanced leader, says the BJP
Malwinder Singh Mali’s inflammatory post was also condemned by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which sought action against him.
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s choice of Mali as his advisor, according to senior BJP leader Vineet Joshi, showed where he was heading in political debate.
Vineet Joshi expressed that in addition to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, many Army and allied forces have given their lives to rescue Kashmir from Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, according to the BJP leader, is an “unstable politician.”
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s silence on the incident of ‘vandalism’ of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s statue in Lahore for the third time under Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s term, has also been questioned by the BJP.
It is pertinent to mention that Malwinder Singh Mali sparked outrage earlier this week when he claimed on Facebook that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were attempting to inflame sectarian tensions in the state. A few hours later, he was announced as one of Navjot Sidhu’s four advisors.
The controversial comment fanned tensions between two factions of the Punjab Congress, one led by Captain Amarinder Singh and the other by Navjot Singh Sidhu.