Pakistan Behind Kashmir Protests: Rajnath Singh


New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday blamed Pakistan for fanning protests in the Kashmir valley but added that the government is taking all necessary steps to improve the situation in the valley .

“Instead of fixing its internal problems, Pakistan is trying to destabilize India,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha during a debate on the Kashmir issue.

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“If terrorism is there in India then it is due to Pakistan which is sponsoring terrorism,” the home minister said. “Our neighbour is conspiring to disturb the situation in the Kashmir valley in the name of the religion,” Singh alleged.

Lashing out at Pakistan, Singh said: “They broke off from India in the name of religion, but today they are broken in two parts because of terrorism. Every day they are fighting against it.”

“Whatever be the napak (unholy) intentions of our neighbour, it will not succeed,” Rajnath said to the thumping of benches in the Lok Sabha. He said that it is sad that Pakistan was calling a terrorist a “martyr” and was observing a black day over killing of Burhan Wani.

“Burhan Wani was a commander of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. He was tech-savy and was instigating the youth to take up arms on social media,” the home minister said.

Rajnath said that security forces were instructed to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with protests in the Kashmir valley. He also said that an experts’ committee will review the use of pellet guns by security forces.

The home minister said that all political parties have tried to work for the resolution of the Kashmir problem. “The Kashmir issue needs to be dealt with collectively. Everyone needs to partake in the responsibility of making the situation better,” the home minister said.

“From time to time, there had been demands for a plebiscite in the Kashmir, but this demand has become irrelevant in the present context,” the home minister said.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday said in Lok Sabha that there should be “rai shumari (plebiscite)” in Kashmir but later explained that he meant dialogue, not referendum, as the situation in the valley has deteriorated and the PDP-BJP government has “insulted” the “crown” of India.

“I have never said there should be plebiscite. I have said there should be dialogue,” he said.