Union minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday came out in defence of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) saying that after Independence Pakistan resented Assam becoming a part of India, just like Kashmir.
Jaitley, in a Facebook blog, quoted excerpts from books written by former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and former President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to highlight the issue of infiltration across the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The minister cited a paragraph from Bhutto’s book where it said that Assam is as critical to Pakistan as Kashmir.
“It would be wrong that Kashmir is the only issue that divides India and Pakistan, though undoubtedly the most significant. One at least is nearly as important as the Kashmir dispute, is that of Assam and some districts of India adjoining East Pakistan. To these Pakistan has very good claims,” the minister quoted the book excerpt in his blog. Read More