New Delhi: Kashmir is ours, Kashmiris are ours and Kashmiriyat is also ours, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, asserting that the Modi government will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem.
The Home Ministers assertion came amid continued unrest in the Kashmir Valley. Addressing a public reception here, Mr. Singh accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble in Kashmir. But I want to tell all of you that our government will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue, he said, without elaborating.
Hope for change
The Minister deplored the fact that was no change in the attitude of Pakistan which wanted to destabilise India. We hope that Pakistan will change. If it does not change, we will have to change them. After globalisation, one country cant destabilise another country as the international community will not forget it, he said.
Unrest has continued in Kashmir since the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in July last year.
There has been an unprecedented involvement of students in the protests, with even girls taking to the streets to fight pitched battles with security forces. Around 80 people have lost their lives in the prolonged violence.
Mr. Singh said heads of government of all neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, had been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the Modi government in 2014 in an indication that India wanted friendly relations with them.
The Home Minister is on a three-day visit to Sikkim during which he attended a conference of Himalayan States to review the security situation and development activities along the Sino-Indian border.
He also visited the Nathu La border post, besides a few posts of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and SSB along the Sino-India and Indo-Nepal borders respectively.
Congress mocks BJP
While taking a dig at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remark on Kashmir, the Congress Party on Monday said that it is the pet dialogue of the ruling dispensation, adding that until it changes its ‘Hindu rashtra’ mindset, the incumbent government would not be able to succeed at finding a solution to Kashmir.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar slammed the Centre for being unable to do anything for solving the ‘Kashmir’ problem in the past three years.
“I hope they do but I just cannot believe that they will be able to succeed because until fundamentally they change their mindset and not attempt to establish a ‘Hindu rashtra’ by fair means or fowl, they cannot find a solution to Kashmir,” Aiyar told news agency ANI.
“Certainly, nothing that they have done in the last three years gives any indication that they have any idea at all as to how to solve the problem. They certainly know how to aggravate it,” he added, according to ANI.
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