Sharing the pain and sufferings of Kashmiris, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed unanimous resolution, expressing sympathies over deaths in Kashmir and vowed to instill faith among people of the Valley.
Addressing the House at the end of the debate in which 29 members from across the political spectrum spoke, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the protests in the Valley are Pakistan sponsored and declared that no power in the world can wrest Jammu and Kashmir from India, while referring to letter of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the UN seeking ‘plebiscite’ in Kashmir.
“I have no hesitation in saying that whatever is happening in Kashmir is sponsored by Pakistan. If there will be talks with Pakistan, there won’t be a discussion on Kashmir but on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK),” said Rajnath Singh with regard to dialogue with Pakistan.
“Some Lashkar terrorists are trying to threaten our security personnel and their families in Kashmir,” Singh added.
“Today’s debate is an example of healthy democracy. We are making efforts to ensure normalcy is restored in the Valley,” he said.
The Home Minister informed the House that 100 ambulances were destroyed by stone-pelting yet 400 more ambulances have been deployed.
While replying to the debate during which demands were made for stopping the use of pellet guns, Singh said instructions have been issued to security forces to exercise “maximum restraint” but there will be no compromise on national security and pro-Pakistan slogans on the Indian soil will not be tolerated in any case.
“We are not trying to justify the use of pellet guns but we need to discuss the possibility of using other non-lethal weapons. We have a committee and we hope to find an alternative in 2 months,” says Singh.
Singh declared that there is no question of handing over Kashmir to the Army, quashing rumours that are being spread “deliberately”.
The minister assured that state government is trying its best to provide basic facilities amidst the situation of unrest created by some misguided elements with vested interest.
He also informed that over 4,500 security personnel and 3,300 civilians have been injured in Jammu and Kashmir during protests and forces have been directed to exercise restraint as much as possible.
An all-party meeting is to be held on Kashmir issue on August 12, the day monsoon session ends and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend it, said Rajnath Singh.
Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition and Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad had hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to make any statement in the Parliament on the ongoing Kashmir unrest.
“Prime Minister Modi tweets on events across the world, but he was silent on Kashmir crisis. When something happens in Africa, the Prime Minister tweets about it. But when the Taj of India is burning, the heat is not reaching the central government,” Azad said.