‘Pakistan Influencing Protestors,’ says GoI

SRINAGAR: Union Informa­tion and Broadcasting Min­ister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday accused Pakistan of “influencing” sympathisers of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in Kash­mir, and warned it of a “policy rethink” on Delhi’s part.

“Some people, inspired by our neighbour, are trying to create disturbances. This is not going to help,” the minister said.

“India is willing to work with Pakistan and would like to have friendship with the coun­try. But if Pakistan continues to do such things, the (Indian) government has to think about its own policy. Pakistan should give up such tactics…,” Naidu said. “Kashmir is an in­tegral part of India and there is no question of any negotiation and discussion on this point.”

Violence erupted in south Kashmir districts of Islam­abad, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and later spread to other districts in the valley af­ter forces killed militant com­mander Burhan Wani and his two associates in Islamabad on Friday.

Wani was buried in his native Shariefabad (Tral) village on Saturday where thousands de­fied curfew restrictions to at­tend his funeral prayers.

“(Wani) was a Hizbul Muja­hideen commander. How can any Indian have sympathy for such people? Really surprised to see that some people are try­ing to support those so-called protesters sympathising with a terrorist,” the minister said.

“Terrorism and violence are not acceptable at all in any form.”

“The Union Government and the state together will tackle the situation. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir will be brought to normalcy at the earliest,” he added.

Curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley after wide­spread clashes between secu­rity forces and demonstrators protesting Wani’s killing.The civilian death toll since death of Burhan in Kashmir rose to 18 while an SPO also lost his life when JKP mobile bunker was pushed in to Jhe­lum near Sangam.



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