Ahir lauds Mehbooba for handling
Amarnath attack situation
Srinagar, July 12
Union Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh today said that militancy in Kashmir was in its “final phase” with “decisive headway” being made in the last few weeks and months to combat it.
Dr Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir was part of a central delegation visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess security measures for Amarnath pilgrims.
“This is a common observation that there has been a decisive headway made in combating it (militancy) in the last few weeks and months,” the Union Minister said. He said that the youth of Kashmir is keen to be a part of the “developmental journey” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because there has been a “dawn of a new era” of development in the last three years.
“I am very optimistic that this militancy is also going to outlive its life as we have seen happening in other parts of the country. I think we are now in the last phase of the militancy,” he told reporters here.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country and ending the militancy in the state was what Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh meant when he referred to a “final solution” of the Kashmir issue recently.
Ahir however, lauded Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for handling the situation in wake of Monday evening’s attack on Amarnath pilgrims.
“The way the Chief Minister handled the situation…the way she had interacted with the injured yatris….entire country is impressed. The entire country has seen how a Chief Minister shoulders her responsibility,” Ahir said here.
The ministers also discussed the security situation with Governor NN Vohra and the Chief Minister and held a security review meeting with the Army Commander, Chief Secretary, DGP and senior officers of the state government, DG CRPF and senior officers of the CRPF and BSF.
Ahir said he was glad to see that there was no fear on the faces of Amarnath pilgrims despite the attack.
Meanwhile Dr Singh further said that the civil society in Kashmir and the security forces have to cooperate with each other so that the situation gets better.
He also took a dig at the separatists, saying those who were instigating the youth to take up violence had “lodged their own children in safe havens.”
“The society has to get together and give a call to the youth to not get instigated or provoked,” he said.
On China issue, Dr Singh said India is today much different and much better equipped to meet any challenge than it was in 1962.
“Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has already stated that we are very comfortably placed as far as the China issue is concerned. And please, always keep in mind that 1962 is not 2017. India today is much different and much better equipped to meet any challenge,” he said.
He further said that the new development in the aftermath of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims was that even those sections of Kashmir-centric activists who are usually in the habit of selective condemnation of violence had come out and condemned this attack in one voice.
Earlier, Dr Jitendra Singh accompanied by Hansraj Ahir, visited the CRPF Camp to congratulate the team of security personnel who had successfully eliminated three militants during an encounter in Badgam last night.
Later in the evening after returning to the union capital, the Central Team led by Dr Jitendra Singh briefed the Home Minister Rajnath Singh about their inputs from the Kashmir visit.