PM Modi: Our Fight for Kashmir Not Against Kashmir

NEW DELHI — Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday disapproved of the attacks on Kashmiris in some parts of India in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and underlined that “our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris”.

PM Modi also vowed that the Pulwama perpetrators would have to pay as he appealed to people to have faith in armed forces, his government and "blessings of Maa Bhavani".

Speaking at a public rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk, PM Modi said, "We have given full freedom to our army. The overwhelming sentiment in the social media is of 'veer ras' ( bravery and heroism), but our fight is against terrorism, against the enemies of humanity. Our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmir and not against Kashmiris," Modi said.

“What happened to Kashmiri youths in the last few days…It does not matter whether the incident was small or big, such things should not happen. Kashmiri youth are victims of terror. Every child of Kashmir is with India in our fight against terror,” said PM Modi.

Kashmiri people take care of Amarnath pilgrims. One year ago, there was firing on Amarnath pilgrims and Kashmiri Muslim people had lined up for donating blood and to protect lives," he said.

"If we want to win the fight, we should not make mistakes. A terrorist is a terrorist and Kashmiri people are also facing trouble due to terrorism. Previous governments sowed such seeds but this government of India will fulfil the dreams of Kashmiris," he said.

"Stern action against those who live in India and push separatism has been taken and will be taken. This is a changed India, this pain will not be tolerated. We will not sit quiet after suffering this pain. We know how to crush terrorism. This is an India of new policies," he said.

Modi also took a dig at Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying "it is the time he stands true to his words".

He referred to his congratulatory phone call to Imran Khan, when he assumed office after the general elections in Pakistan last year.

Modi said, “As per protocol, I telephoned Pakistan’s new prime minister. I told him we have fought for long. Let India and Pakistan together fight poverty and illiteracy.”“Pakistan’s prime minister told me, ‘I am the son of a Pathan. I do what I say.’ It is time to test his words,” PM Modi said at his rally.

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