We will target root of terrorism inside Pakistan, Balakot strikes not a fluke: Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jun 28, 2019, 03:24 PM(IST)

Amit Shah. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Amit Shah said the Balakot strikes were "not a fluke" asserting that the government was serious about uprooting terrorism.

After PM Modi lashed out at Congress in Parliament, Home minister Amit Shah today hit out at Congress over the Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) issue in Lok Sabha.

"Congress weakened democracy in J&K," India's home minister said, adding, "separatists have hurt democracy".

"Narendra Modi government has has zero tolerance for terror," he told the members in Lok Sabha.

"Congress too had imposed President's Rule in J&K," he informed the House. "So far Article 356 (President's Rule) has been imposed 132 times of
which Congress used it 93 times."

"We have never used Article 356 for political purposes to dismiss state governments but the Congress has," he said while attacking the Congress.

"How long can Congress accuse us of murdering democracy?" he asked.

"We banned pro-Pak elements and hit back at terror camps after the Pulwama attack," he said in India's lower House.

"Why wasn't Jamaat-e-Islami banned till date? Who did you want to please? It was the BJP government that banned Jamaat-e-Islami. Who put the ban on JKLF? It was BJP who did it," he said.

"The security of 919 people in J&K has been withdrawn after review by the government as they had no security threat," he said.

Amit Shah said the Balakot strikes were "not a fluke" asserting that the government was serious about uprooting terrorism. "Our ideology is to ensure protection of borders and make the country free of terrorism."

"Surgical strike and air strikes were carried out in India's self-defence," the home minister told the Lok Sabha.

"Jawahar Lal Nehru created the J&K problem," he added. "India lost one-third of Kashmir due to Nehru's decision."

"Who called for ceasefire back then? It was Jawaharlal Nehru who did it and gave that portion(PoK) to Pakistan. You say we don't take people into confidence, but Nehru did it without taking the then home minister into confidence. So Manish(Tewari) don't teach us history."

The Congress bench fumed as Amit Shah attacked India's former prime minister.

"Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(POK) could have been India's part."

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