Justifying the security extended to separatist leaders of Kashmir Valley, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Friday they faced threat from Pakistan which might attack them to blame it on India.
Singh said the Kashmir unrest was first such turmoil in the world in which number of civilians injured are more or less equal to those in security forces and policemen. It clearly shows how much restraint the security personnel exercised.
He said there is a need to engage with the youth of the state as soon as the situation improves.
“We keep blaming Mehbooba (Mufti), but miss the sight of those forces engaged in it. Pakistan and separatists are threat,” he said at a function organised by Sanjeevni Sharda Kendra in Jammu.
“Pakistan is not only a threat to us but to separatists as well. Separatists have no threat from us (India) but from Pakistan,” he said.
“What has happened to Moulvi Farooq... what has happened to Abdul Gani Lone... They have fear and threat from their own people,” Singh said.
The Union minister further said that Pakistan has a threat from Pakistan itself. “See what is happening in Peshswar...What is happening in Balochistan.”
“Pakistani is trying to engineer terrorism selectively. These forces who have upped its ante fear from their own people. We have to prepare ourselves,” he said.
On the situation in Kashmir, he said, “We will have to move forward on three basic ideologies. First, there will be no compromise with violence...... we have to put an end to the circle of violence. It has no place in the society and all political parties agree to it.”
“Second, as the situation will improve there is a need to engage with the youth of the state and the beginning of chain of several schemes by the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for last two years. The youth of the country are taking benefit of these and we do not want that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are deprived of it. The youth of Kashmir valley also wants to become stakeholder of the journey of development but due to some reasons they are not fully coming forward,” he said.
“And third, there should be no premium on anti-India activism. It should not look that if someone raises anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans, I will get glorification”, he said.
Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that Pakistan manufactured terrorism, Singh said, “Certainly, PM is reiterated this more than once and now the entire world is coming round to this view point that Pakistan indeed is the epicenter of the terrorism.”