Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired an all-party meeting Friday on the Kashmir unrest, told the attendees that Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir is also part of Jammu and Kashmir. The prime minister added that “there cannot be any compromise on national security but we have to win confidence of people in Jammu and Kashmir”.
Saying that “like every Indian” he is “deeply pained” by the recent incident in Kashmir, PM Modi expressed happiness that all parties have spoken in one voice on the issue.
“It’s a matter of happiness that all parties have spoken in one voice on J&K. I’m grateful to all political parties for raising concerns with regard to prevailing situation in J&K,” PM Modi said in the all-party meeting. PM Modi also termed cross-border terrorism supported by Pakistan as the root casue of turbulence in the valley.
According to news agency ANI, former prime minister Manmohan Singh assured “full-cooperation” on behalf of the Congress party in any measures adopted by the government to diffuse the tension in Kashmir. Speaking to reporters after the meeting ended, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters that “we have given our suggestions. HM concluded by saying that all suggestions will be taken on board”.
During the marathon four-hour-long meeting, which comes in the wake of continued unrest in Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8, some opposition parties asked the government to take a few immediate confidence-building measures like putting an end to the use of pellet guns and relaxing AFSPA in some parts of the valley. It was also suggested that an all-party delegation should visit Kashmir to assess the situation but the government did not make commitments regarding any of their demands.
An all-party meeting was called by Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this week during a debate on the Kashmir violence in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha unanimously passed a resolution Friday to instill confidence in the people of Kashmir by adopting steps to restore normalcy in the Valley. The resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said: “The House conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation. It is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security. It is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people.”
Kashmir has been on the boil for more than a month with thousands injured and more than 50 killed during protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Many protesters lost sight due to pellet injuries and a few had to be airlifted for treatment in AIIMS, New Delhi.
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