Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally broken his silence on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, saying the freedom that is cherished by every Indian also belongs to the people in Kashmir.
He said India loves Kashmir while some people are trying to cause harm to the region.
He said innocent youth had been misguided and stones had been put in their hands by vested interests, as he echoed Atal Behari Vajpayee’s path of ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat & Jamooriyat’ to solve the Kashmir issue through talks and development.
He said the Centre is finding solution to all problems in Kashmir through development. He was speaking in Bhavra, birthplace of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad in Madhya Pradesh, as he launched fortnight-long Independence Day celebrations.
“Whether it is the J&K govt under Mehbooba ji or Centre, we are finding a solution to all problems through development. Kashmir wants peace. Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the Centre will help. We want development for J&K,” said Modi.
This is the first time that the prime minister has spoken out on the trouble in Kashmir which has been on the boil for almost a month and seen 50-plus civilian deaths after protests broke out following death of terrorist Burhan Wani.
The PM said, “Boys who should be holding laptops, bats, balls in their hands and dreams in their hearts are the ones carrying stones today.”
“My brothers and sisters in J&K, your Apple should reach the rest of India, your business should grow. We will help you in anything you need,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi said some people “cannot digest development” and have “adopted the path of destruction”. He further said Kashmir is heaven for the country-men and every Indian dreams of visiting Kashmir but said it was now being seen that some misguided people are hurting this tradition of Kashmir.
He thanked the Congress for helping what he said making mature attempts to deal with Kashmir situation.
56 people have died in the relentless violence; 3,000 of the 5,000 injured are security personnel, the police has said.