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Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury also blamed the government for using excessive force

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  • As the monsoon session of the Parliament ensued today, it saw a lot of blame game tactics being played over the Kashmir issue
  • Opposition parties blamed the Government for using force against the commoners in Kashmir
  • Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of Indian Government, clarified and said that the military had been instructed to use as less force as possible and blamed Pakistan for the issue

New Delhi– The Union government on Monday, July 18, blamed Pakistan for the violence in the Kashmir valley since the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and refuted the charges of use of excessive force on protesting civilians.

A short duration discussion on the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the first day of the Monsoon Session, saw opposition parties blaming the government for “mishandling the situation”.

Home Minster Rajnath Singh at a rally. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Home Minster Rajnath Singh at a rally. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

As the government was blamed for using too much force, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh insisted that, on the contrary, security forces had been asked to use maximum restraint and the least force.

Singh, as well as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, blamed Pakistan for the situation and said Islamabad has never reconciled to Jammu and Kashmir being part of India.

The Home Minister, responding to a nearly four-hour-long discussion, said he particularly instructed the chiefs of security forces, including the CRPF and BSF, to “use as little force as possible”.

While asserting that the government had sensitivity towards the people, the Home Minister said: “If someone celebrates after security force personnel are killed, will that be called humanity?”

“We will be tough on militants and have sensitivity towards the people,” he said.

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Singh clearly blamed Pakistan for the situation that has claimed several civilian lives and injured over a thousand.

“Whatever is happening is being done by Pakistan. It is called Pakistan but its actions are impure. They are interfering in our internal matters,” he said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

A similar pitch was made by Jaitley, who said: “Pakistan never reconciled to the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

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As Leader of Opposition in the house Ghulam Nabi Azad lashed out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calling the party as a “misfit” for Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said Pakistan, and not the ruling PDP-BJP alliance, was to be blamed for the situation.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

“After fighting conventional wars with India, Pakistan realised that it was impossible to defeat it through these, so it adopted the strategy of terrorism,” Jaitley said.

Azad, however, blamed the ruling PDP-BJP alliance in Kashmir for the situation.

“It took us (the Congress government) and other governments, 70 years to try and bring peace to Kashmir. We had a healing touch policy towards people but this government makes no difference between treating common people and militants,” he said.

“Government should look at people as they look at their own children..but the situation in the hospitals which are full of injured people narrate it all.”

“Everyone says Kashmir is ours, no one says Kashmiris are ours. No one says we want Kashmir with Kashmiris,” he said.

Irrespective of party affiliations, Rajya Sabha members, however, stressed upon the need to find a solution to the situation and expressed regret over the deaths of and injuries to civilians.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury also blamed the government for using excessive force.

“Our sympathy is with the youth who were killed. The number of deaths shows excessive force was used. There are many who have lost sight. Use of pellets is totally wrong. You are sending more companies, but they need doctors, heath care,” he said.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien also blamed the government for mishandling the situation.

“I think the most appropriate expression we want to use is the Union Government mishandled the situation,” he said.

Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav urged the government to find a political solution to the situation, while AIADMK member Vijila Satyanand said Kashmir was an integral part of India and government needs to instill confidence in the people.

The July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani triggered a wave of violence and clashes across the valley that has left over 40 dead. (IANS)

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On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board

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Rajnath Singh went harsh on Pakistan in his Kashmir speech
  • Union minister Rajnath Singh said that Kashmir is India’s
  • He said he’ll cross borders if he has to
  • He also praised Indian army for their services towards the nation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

Rajnath praises indian army for its services.

He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

“Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Rajnath Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

Kashmir is ours and ours only, says Rajnath. delhinewsagency.com

He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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“We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said.

The Home Minister said the government never differentiated between the children in Kashmir and those in the other parts of the country.

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board. Rajnath Singh also highlighted the government’s efforts in dealing with Maoists.

Anything to protect Kashmir: Home minister, Rajnath.

“The battle against Naxals can’t be won through bullets. We are taking several developmental initiatives in this direction. We are trying to reach those areas which have remained unreachable since independence.

“Naxalism was a huge problem for India but in the last four years we have now achieved major success in that space.”