‘Human shield’ row: Army doing its job, resolving Kashmir issue will take time, says Rajnath Singh
Interior Minister Rajnath Singh today assured that the NES Government is working to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue seven decades, although this may take time.
At a press conference on the achievements of his ministry at the end of the NDA’s three-year rule, Singh said the Center is open to negotiations and takes citizens and political parties in confidence to solve the Kashmir problem.
“The solution to the Kashmir problem can be found by scraping the fingers. Kashmir is an old problem, which has been taking place since 1947,” he said.
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Singh was responding to a question about his recent statement that the government is working on a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem.
“We work for a permanent solution, I said it with great responsibility, after much reflection and deliberation, we have plans and we are working in that direction and we find a solid solution in the future,” he said.
When asked whether the ITP “permanent solution” would be political or military, the Home Secretary has avoided a direct response, but said it would be “a complete and integrated solution.”
On the possibility of launching a dialogue with the Kashmiriens separatists, Singh said he advocates talks with all concerned since he held the post of Interior Minister there for three years.
“From the beginning, I have said that we are ready for the talks, whoever goes to the talks, let’s talk, we are open to discussions to find a solution to the Kashmir problem.
The Interior Minister has accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, but stressed that the violence will not last long.
“There is no doubt, without confusion that Pakistanis should be subjected to terror in Kashmir, but it will ensure that terrorism is kicked out of Kashmir soon, violence will not last long,” he said.
Singh said Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir for its vested interests. “Everything is Pakistan in Kashmir is a betrayal for the youth of the state,” he said, adding that “we will not let it succeed.”
“We do not want to see the stones in the hands of Kashmir youth. We want to remove all the stones that can hinder their way to a brighter future,” the minister said. Asked about the fact that it is compatible with an army commander who recently used a local youth as a “human shield” in Kashmir, the Home Secretary said “the army does its job.”
When he recalled that the Minister of Urban Development, M Venkaiah Naidu, had supported Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep as a shield against stones, Singh said that “all Naidu said was correct.”
Naidu had said that Major Gogoi has saved lives in “exceptional circumstances” and the army has enjoyed.
Asked about the fact that he considers the current riots in the Kashmir valley as very alarming, Singh said that there were such situations in the past as well.
“There were also bad situations in the past. We are going to monitor and restore normalcy,” he said.