Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 10 addressed the issue of Kashmir violence in Rajya Sabha and said there is no power in the world that can take Jammu and Kashmir away from us.
He also said there is no doubt about the fact that the unrest in the Valley was funded by Pakistan.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh -news-24
He also said that some LeT militants are trying to threaten our security personnel and their families in J&K.
“I’m not saying that people living in Kashmir are leading a normal life, but state government is trying its best to provide basic facilities,” he added.
“Despite 100 ambulances being damaged due to stone pelting in the Kashmir region, over 400 ambulances are still operating,” the HM further said. He added that so far 4,515 security personnel and 3,356 civilians have been injured during the protests in Kashmir.
About medical facilities, he said 2656 patients were admitted, 2500 discharged and 100 are still in hospitals. “8000 surgeries, big and small, have been performed. Some patients have also been moved to Delhi for treatment,” he said.
Talking about the controversial pellet guns, the HM told the House, “I am not trying to justify the use of non-lethal weapon but it has been used before. Security forces have been instructed to exercise maximum restraint in dealing with protests in Kashmir.”
Allaying fears he categorically stated, “No question of handing over Kashmir to Army, such rumours are being spread deliberately. The government is ready for talks with moderates.”
Striking an emotional chord, the Minister said, “Our heart beats in the same way for Kashmir, the way it does for Bihar, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh. The people of J&K must understand this.”
Appealing for peace he urged the youth of the state to read books on Islam and not get swayed by those who use religion for to misguide them.
“The slogans of ‘Pakistan zindabad’ will not be tolerated in Kashmir,” he said.
After Singh’s speech, Rajya Sabha passed a unanimous resolution, expressing sympathies over deaths in Kashmir and vowing to instill faith among people of the valley. Meanwhile, on August 9, prime minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on Kashmir violence advocating a path of “democracy and dialogue” to restore peace in the spirit of ‘insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and kashmiriyat’.