India on Kashmir: No compromise with those indulging in violence

India on Kashmir: No compromise with those indulging in violence

Jaitley acknowledged that the situation in Kashmir was 'serious' and added that efforts would be made for the development of the state which had been 'denied' for the last 60 years. Photograph: (Getty)

PTI New Delhi, India Aug 21, 2016, 05.51 PM (IST)
As unrest continues in the Kashmir valley, the Indian government on Sunday outlined its priorities. It asserted that there will be no compromise with people resorting to violence even as efforts would be made for the development of the state which had been "denied" for the last 60 years.

Acknowledging that the situation in Kashmir was "serious", Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley said stone pelters in Kashmir are "not satyagrahis (persons who stand for truth) but aggressors" who target police and security forces but that some people with limited vision cannot see that.

Addressing a rally on the outskirts of Jammu city, he also slammed Pakistan for the current unrest, saying it was "attacking the integrity of India" in a "new way" after failing to snatch the state by means of waging war and fuelling trouble ever since Partition in 1947.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has three priorities for Jammu and Kashmir, said Jaitley.

Outlining these priorities, he said, "There will be no compromise on the security and integrity of the country and no compromise with the people who indulge in violence.

"Secondly, as Jammu and Kashmir has faced violence and wars, it needs development which was denied for past 60 years by National Conference and Congress governments. Thirdly, Jammu, being the support base of BJP, needs added attention."

His outlining of the priorities assumes signficance as the opposition has been accusing the Modi government of having no policy with regard to dealing with the unrest. The opposition parties have been pressing for a political solution and dialogue to address the unrest.

Talking in the context of ongoing 44-day unrest in Kashmir, Jaitley said, "Now, this time, a serious situation has emerged in which Pakistan, separatists and religious forces have joined hands and now with a new way, they are attacking the integrity of India."

Describing it as a "major challenge", he said, "today in such a challenge, the need of the country is that we don't compromise with the integrity and security of the nation".

He asked people of Jammu and Kashmir to stand with the country in the "struggle against the separatists" so that "this new phase of Pakistani strategy of war is defeated this time as well".

He described stone-pelters as aggressors.

"They (stone pelters) are not satyagrahis but aggressors. If a police post manned by 10 police personnel is attacked by 2000 stone pelters, it is an attack, but some people do not realise it," he said.

(PTI)

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The finance minister says stone pelters are 'aggressors' but people with limited vision cannot see that

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