August 25, 2016 1:30:25 pm
Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Mehbooba Mufti, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, and held a joint press conference over the ongoing violence that has hit the state for over a month now. The Home Minister said that he had met over 300 people, during his two-day visit to the city, that included delegations from almost all political parties. Rajnath Singh and the state chief minister made a series of statements addressing the role of security forces in the ongoing clashes, pellet guns and made a fresh appeal to the people of Kashmir to resort to peace. He also said that India’s future is linked to that of Kashmir and that people should help in bringing peace in the state.
This was Rajnath Singh’s second visit to Srinagar in one month even as protests and clashes have continued in the Valley leading to the death of 68 people.
The press conference ended on a fiery note with Mehbooba Mufti highlighting how the current violence in the Valley, which has followed the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, is different from the clashes of 2010. Here are the highlights:
* I had meetings with several delegations here, all want peace in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh
* I have said it before also, youth in Kashmir should have pens, books and computers in their hands, not stones: Rajnath Singh
* More than 4000 security personnel have been injured in the clashes. I appeal to the people to not forget the role they played when floods hit Kashmir: Rajnath Singh
* India’s future is incomplete without Kashmir: Rajnath Singh
* Do not question our understanding of the situation, we are trying to find solution: Rajnath Singh
* Children are children. If they pick up stones, they must be counselled. Security personnel have been told to exercise maximum restraint. We’re looking for an alternative to pellet guns, will come up with one soon: Rajnath Singh
* Appeal to all Kashmiris not to play with the future of youth in the Valley: Rajnath Singh
* Our youth are used by some elements as shields to attack Army camps, they want our children to suffer: Mehbooba Mufti
* 95 per cent people want peaceful solution through dialogue, only five per cent derailing the process: Mehbooba Mufti
* No solution can be found by stone pelting and attacking security camps: Mehbooba Mufti
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