Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has held Pakistan responsible for the ongoing unrest and violence in the Kashmir valley.
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He said India’s neighbouring country was again at war with India “using new methods” of spreading unrest and inciting violence among masses
in the Kashmir
He also said India’s unity has been challenged and the forces behind it need to be defeated.
“It’s a challenge for us. We will not compromise with it,” he added.
Addressing a public meeting in Samba district in memory of Premnath Dogra, the founder of the Jan Sangh, Jaitley said people defending rioting and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley have nothing on their mind except petty politics.
He said, “Some people outside talk of human rights in Kashmir
. Have they ever visited the valley and seen those securitymen who have been injured while performing their duty?”
“When India became free in 1947, it was created for peace and development. Whereas Pakistan was created only to divide India,” Jaitley said.
The minister said militancy and stone pelting need to be dealt with firmly and no laxity should be shown in dealing with such situations.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, we have three clear priorities for Jammu and Kashmir. First is that there will be no compromise with the security of this nation and those who threaten with violence. Secondly, the focus is on the development the state, which the Congress and the National Conference refused to address for seven years. And third, as BJP has a stronghold in Jammu, Nirmal Singh should think about gathering resources from the Centre to contribute to the state`s development,” Jaitley said.
The development comes after the Jammu and Kashmir opposition submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee over the unrest in the Valley stating that it needed a political solution and asserted that Pakistan was not solely responsible for the state of violence. So far, 65 people have been killed and thousands of civilians and security personnel reported injured in protest-related violence following the encounter of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.