Clashes At Encounter Sites: GoI Sees Pakistan Hand


NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India and said “cross-border terrorist groups” in Jammu and Kashmir egged youths to stone security forces.

“Not only the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the terrorists are trying to destabilise the whole country through their cowardice acts,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.

“The whole country is aware of this act of Pakistan. Our security forces are responding to them the way it is needed,” he added.

Singh’s response came after Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy raised the issue during Zero Hour.

Responding, Rajnath Singh said: “a new trend has begun in Kashmir. When our security forces go to villages in search of terrorists, the youths of the region start pelting stones on security forces.

“Such stone pelters are being misled by Pakistan-sponsored forces.

“Groups operating from Pakistan use Facebook and social media platforms to arrange these crowds,” he said.

The minister appealed to the youths of Kashmir “not to be misled by anti-national forces”.

‘Dialogue Only Way Forward’

 Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that Pakistan is ready for talks with India on every issue and that the two countries should build an amicable atmosphere for their coming generations.

He also called for a dialogue to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Basit made the remarks during an interview in New Delhi, Radio Pakistan reported.

“Negative elements in Pakistan and India do not want the talks between two countries to go ahead. It is very significant that both nations should come to table and resolve all the outstanding issues,” Basit was quoted as saying in the report.

Basit said that Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism and cannot allow its soil to be used for terrorism.

He said that Pakistan has implemented National Action Plan to eradicate terrorism and the people across the globe have appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in this regard.

He said that Pakistan and India are in touch with each other, however India has to come forward for a proper dialogue.

“The issue of Jammu and Kashmir will be resolved through talks, not with arms,” he said. “It is a human right issue for the people of Kashmir and no one can take it away.”

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