Full text of PM Narendra Modi’s speech: Pakistan forgets that it bombs its own citizens

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also targeted Pakistan saying Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is also part of Jammu and Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2016 9:20 am
A word cloud showing the words used most by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the all-party meeting. A word cloud showing the words used most by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the all-party meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an all-party meeting called to discuss the on-going violence in Kashmir, minced no words in terming cross-border terrorism supported by Pakistan as the root cause of turbulence in the Valley and said the time had come to expose the atrocities committed “by our neighbouring nation” in Balochistan and the areas of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal occupation.

Prime Minister Modi said the doors of the government were open for addressing “grievances” of all sections in Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution but made it clear there cannot be any compromise with the nation’s integrity.

“We all are committed to the national sentiment that there cannot be any compromise with the country’s integrity.

“We are ready to address the grievances of all sections under the Constitution,” Modi told those present at the four-hour meeting, adding his “heart was pained” over the 35-day unrest that has claimed the lives of 55 people.

Modi, who chaired the meeting attended by its ruling ally PDP and opposition parties, also targeted Pakistan saying Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) is also part of Jammu and Kashmir.

Below is the full text of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the all-party meeting

I am very happy to note that all our colleagues have expressed one voice and one sentiment.

Today, when we talk of Jammu & Kashmir, we should talk about four parts of the State of Jammu & Kashmir: Jammu, Kashmir Valley, Ladakh, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

I am thankful to leaders of all political parties for the concerns they have expressed about the current situation in parts of Jammu & Kashmir. The rich traditions nurtured by our democracy for last six decades have been the biggest strength of unity and integrity of our country. We may have some differences on some issues but when it comes to the integrity and sovereignty of the country, we all stand united.

Like every Indian, I have been deeply hurt by the recent incidents in Jammu & Kashmir. It is very sad to see that children are not able to study, apple produce is not able to reach the mandis, shopkeepers are not getting their daily income and Government offices are not able to work for the service of the people. The poor are the worst affected by this situation.

Our existence as political workers is on account of the people. They are our strength, our source of energy; In fact, people’s power is a vital part of our public life. Irrespective of whether a civilian or security force personnel is injured or killed, the pain is felt by all of us. I express deep sympathies to their families. We are committed to provide the best healthcare services to the injured; we want to restore peace in the Valley at the earliest possible so that people can lead their normal life, can earn their livelihoods, send their children to school and sleep peacefully at night.

We are committed to a permanent and peaceful solution to the issue of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with the basic principles of the Constitution. We have an open mind and our doors are always open. We are committed to the welfare of every citizen of the entire State of Jammu & Kashmir. We have been following the path shown by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji to find a solution.

Jammu & Kashmir is often called the crown of India. In fact, Jammu & Kashmir is a symbol of the age old commitment of equanimity towards all creeds (sarv-panth sambhaav), where Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Muslims have been living together for centuries. The state of Jammu & Kashmir is the symbol of our founding fathers’ faith which defines us as Indian in spite of our diversity. Jammu & Kashmir is not only a matter of our territorial integrity but also defines our nationhood. We cannot deny the fact that the security forces have suffered a lot of injuries; that they have been the target of planned attacks. Despite this, our security forces have shown restraint. Statistics reveal that security personnel have been injured in large numbers.

Despite false propaganda by certain elements in Kashmir, the percentage of those spreading confusion and unrest; and those instigating youth is very low. Every Kashmiri wants peace, has faith in Democracy. That is why, despite threats by separatist elements during every election, the Kashmiri people have expressed faith in the Indian democratic system in each election (festival of Indian democracy). Even just prior to the recent disturbances, high votes were cast in the constituency of Chief Minister Mehbooba ji. Therefore, to spread the myth that this is a public agitation is far from the truth.

In some areas certain restrictions were imposed in order to maintain law and order. This is an administrative way of maintaining law and order. Otherwise the lives of peace loving people will be affected adversely. In reality, a common man was not troubled as much by such restrictions, as he was troubled by continuous strikes declared by separatist elements.

During this period, the Amarnath Yatra proceeded smoothly. In addition, the State Government has taken up a number of initiatives on solar energy in the Ladakh region. The NEET, CET, and UPSC Civil Services Exams were organised as per schedule. All essential commodities were provided to citizens. We are now approaching the crucial season for tourism. The Apple crop will also be ready for harvest. This is of paramount importance for the livelihood of a common Kashmiri. Certain separatist elements are trying to take advantage of this time and disturb the peace in Kashmir, and unnecessarily disrupt the lives of peace-loving citizens.

The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by our neighbouring country. Due to terrorism normal life in Kashmir Valley is affected. Since the start of Terrorist activities in Kashmir in 1989-1990, in action by the Security Forces:

* More than 34,000 AK 47 Rifles were seized.

* More than 5000 Grenade launchers were seized.

* Around 90 LMGs were seized.

* More than 12,000 Revolvers were seized.

* 3 Anti Tank Guns and 4 Anti Aircraft Guns were seized.

* More than 350 Missile Launchers were seized.

* 63,000 kilograms of explosives including RDX and more than one lakh Grenades were seized.

* During this period more than 5,000 foreign terrorists were killed which is almost equal to the strength of 5 Battalions.

When weapons have been seized in such huge numbers, so many foreign terrorists have infiltrated to spread death and destruction, the world will never accept the false propaganda of Pakistan, even if it speaks a hundred thousand lies.

Pakistan forgets that it bombs its own citizens using fighter planes. The time has come when Pakistan shall have to answer to the world for the atrocities committed by it against people in Baluchistan and PoK.

We are fully committed to the fundamental rights of the people. Our anti-terror laws are more humane than those of any other democracy in the world. Our governments and our security forces have shown restraint in dealing with these incidents.

India will fight against terrorism with full might and resolve. This is our national duty. To consider India’s commitment to the Rule of Law, as a weakness, will be a mistake by our opponents. India is committed to end terrorism. For us, ‘means and ends’ are both important and we are sufficiently capable in both these regards.

It is also a fact that Kashmiri Pandits have been displaced from their centuries-old ancestral dwellings in Kashmir Valley. Such atrocity against a particular community is the misdeed of terrorists trained and armed with weapons by Pakistan, and their sympathizers. These can never be the deeds of those who believe in “Kashmiriyat.”

For the all round development of Jammu and Kashmir, a decision has been taken for implementing a development package of more than Rs. 80 thousand crore (800 billion rupees) in consultation with the State Government. This package not only has proposals for roads and electricity projects, it actually envisages development of every region and every section of society of Jammu and Kashmir. This includes better facility for education of children, employment to youths, modern facility for treatment, facilities for promotion of tourism in the state and special arrangements for production of fruits in the State.

In order to provide employment immediately, the government has decided that 10 thousand Special Police Officers (SPOs), about 1200 Para Military and about 4000 candidates in 5 IR battalions will be recruited. In addition, about 1 lakh 25 thousand (125,000) persons will be trained under Udaan and HIMAYAT schemes so that unemployed people can get appropriate employment.

The PDP-BJP government led by Ms. Mehbooba Mufti is making best efforts to address the State’s problems. During the last one month, the Government has tackled the situation very carefully in spite of extremely adverse circumstances. The whole nation stands with her.

I would like to reiterate that the Central and State Governments are committed to address the people’s genuine grievances and restore peace in the state. We will deal strictly with acts of violence, terrorism and anti-India activities. At the same time, genuine grievances of every person will be heard and addressed.

I would like to reiterate that all the political parties and all Indians will have to stand united in the fight against terrorism and destructive forces. At a time when terrorism is spreading its wings across the world, and terrorism is being instigated by our neighbour, we will have to fight this battle unitedly. The government has an expectation of constructive cooperation from all political parties in this matter. All political parties will have to bury their differences and cooperate to restore peace and prosperity in the state. I fully believe that with the active efforts of the state government and with your full cooperation, we will be able to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir very soon.

I would like to reiterate our main steps and our policy in respect of Kashmir:

1) It is the duty of any Government to maintain law and order. There will be no compromise with terrorism.

2) In today’s age, in accordance with democratic traditions, we will encourage involvement of civil society with citizen activities.

3) We will take forward the political process, in accordance with democratic traditions.

4) The process of connecting Kashmiri youth with economic activities of the State will be speeded up.

5) The States in which people of Jammu & Kashmir are residing, whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or Buddhists or of any religion, should approach them and should make efforts so that they can establish contact with their relatives in Jammu & Kashmir and can apprise them about their own progress and the progress in other States of India.

6) Ministry of External Affairs should make efforts to approach the people of PoK residing in different parts of world and collect information about the miserable conditions in PoK and bring them to the knowledge of the world community.

I once again thank you all for giving your important views and suggestions in this meeting. I thank you all for supporting the Government. We all are committed to this national spirit that there cannot be any compromise on India’s territorial integrity. We are ready to address grievances of all sections within the framework of the Constitution.

Thank you.

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    NAMASIVAYAM
    Aug 14, 2016 at 7:08 am
    IT IS A WONDERFUL , BOLD , PRAISEWORTHY AND NOTEWORTHY SPEECH EVER GIVEN BY PRIME MINISTER MODIJI ..... ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER UNITEDLY TO COMBAT TERRORISM IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST , LEAVING THE DIFFERENCES OF OPINIONS ON OTHER ISSUES.
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      Firoz Alam
      Aug 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm
      Kashmiri people are peace loving people. They take part in govt formation. The cross border terrorism causes disturbance there. Keeping all these in mind we can say they are supposed to live a normal life like other states of India. But that is not the situation. The situation tells different story. They are revolting against India. They are recenting presence of army on their land. For the last six decades they have continuously showing dissatisfaction with India. In the words of our honourable PM the kids are having stones and granades in their hands instead of laptops. This means all is not well as claimed. And not pondering over those 'all is not well' points towards govt's apathy towards suffering of kashmiri. Willful avoidance of their concern may be the cause of disturbance. Financial package, developments, job urance and several other benefits are only an effort to put a lid on high pressure explosives. Whenever that lid gets loosed the explosion occur and the same old whims return. Why not hit the nail right on the head ? Why shy from hearing what they want ? National integrity is of upmost importance and promise, urance and commitment to preserve ones racial ideny is also important as invisaged in the consution. The PM ures discussion within the boundary of consution and Kashmiri want to get urances given to them at the time of its accesion to india fulfilled. Then where is the problem ?
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        Hitesh
        Aug 14, 2016 at 8:40 am
        The game pla by stanis swiftly unraveling. The world is increasingly aware of the duplicitous Secret Services. One wonders as to why did the previous Prime Ministers not take this issue up. It is glaringly obvious. It took a lion hearted Modi to act. Good on him. Good for India.
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          Sandeep Patel
          Aug 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm
          Dear and Loving People of India and stan, lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cause of Kashmir issue is; we blame other for all our issues. This is very childish, we need to grow up. Only way to solve POK and COK issues is to STOP blaming other. This is our issue and not stan/India or China or Rest of the world so no one else can fix this for us. Every other nations have their own problems why we think they will try to help us, please try to understand, this simple common sense, so we need to grow up and Stop blaming stan/India, China, Terrorist, Terrorism and others for our problems and issues. Who allows them to capture our land properties? Who allowed them to become stronger? Who allowed them to send Terrorist in to our country? Who allowed Terrorism to enter our country? Not stan/India� or China but We the People of India/stan and our Ruling Parties and their Leaders including Nehrus, Indira, All other PMs including Modi and Bajpey and We the People of India and stan who elected this incapable leaders. Let me give you simple example our current Kashmir issue: It is like two brothers fighting for their parents lands or property. Both claims the property and one which was strong, fearless, mean, selfish, stubborn took control of most property and one which was nice, caring, weak, fearfull, not so motivated and did not know how to handle this situation lost against stronger brother and got the least share in their parent property. We have to remember regardless of current and past situations we are Brothers and Sisters. Solutions:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Go to court and fight for your share. In this case go to UN and we did and we know how useful and helpful it was and it is. So this is not a real option in this age.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. Sit down with your brother and talk to him nicely and ask him openly and honestly what it will take to get our original share; Money, Other Piece of Property, Fighting with terrosim, Technology or any other thing. We know most likely this is not an option either unless leaders and People of stan/India realize that this can save their country for problems and Terrorism and help them grow and be more phosphorus.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Just protect what we have now and continue discussing to get what we want. This is what we have been doing and we know how successful we are. This solution/option has made our country a mess and people on both sides of border are terrified, terrorized and miserable. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4. Wait and hope that our brother on other side of border will destroy himself and their entire country and it's all living and non living beings and than take advantage of this situation. To me this is too late, why we want our brothers to suffer and destroy himself, what will we achieve after our brothers and their properties is in ruined. This will be very risky because everyone left would be so out of touch with reality and terrorized and they would know only one language terrorism, killing and no compromise and only my way or I will destroy you. Actually this has already started to happen in stan, POK, and Kashmir and to some extent in India. This is very dangerous situation and we want to avoid at all costs.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4.1. Accept current LOC as our property and forget the past and each brother make fence and control our region with peace, Happiness, brotherhood, Good wishes for each other and Harmony. To me this is the Best solution but I know my brothers and sisters on both sides of border will not accept this solution because of hatred we have for each other.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4.2 Make India and stan one nation again. To me this is the Best Solution but I have to believe in reality, because if people of stan and India believed in One Nation why we would have separate in 1947.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;5. Is to go on war like we did in Marabharat. To me in current situation based on mindset of peoples of both country this is Only our solutions. Longer we wait or try to avoid war more life will be killed, more people will suffer and get terrorized and become terrorist and spread terrorism throughout the world and actually this is already happening today.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I know most of us will not believe in solution number 5 like Arjuna in Mahabharat but as Krishna said in Gita there is no other alternatives. This will happen sooner or later we have no choice, so why wait and make it more worst?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am voting for solution number 4.2.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How about you????lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I leave final decision upto PM and my fellow Indians.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;God bless people of India and stan! lt;br/gt;May God gives us Wisdom, Peace, Prosperity, Kindness, Good Health and Harmony! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Bharat! lt;br/gt;Jai Hind! lt;br/gt;Jai stan! lt;br/gt;Jai United stan and India!!!
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            Nathan
            Aug 14, 2016 at 5:25 am
            It is quite surprising that none of our earlier PMs ever tried to put forth the situation via a vis stan and the Kashmir problem so succinctly. stan will have to now do a lot of explaining in regard to human rights violations. Let them put their own house in order before targeting other countries.
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