No power can take Kashmir from us: HM in Rajya Sabha

Vishal Dahiya
HM Rajnath Singh speaking on the present situation in the Kashmir valley. Photo: RSTV

HM Rajnath Singh speaking on the present situation in the Kashmir valley.
Photo: RSTV

Rajya Sabha today passed a unanimous resolution expressing sympathies over deaths in Kashmir valley and vowing to instill faith among people of the valley. Home Minister Rajnath Singh read the resolution after a marathon debate over the prevailing situation in the Kashmir valley.

Reading out the resolution, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “this house expresses its serious concern over the prolonged turbulence, violence and curfew in the Kashmir valley… while there cannot be any compromise on national security, it is equally imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people… (this house) unanimously resolves to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular”.

The central government has also decided to convene an all-party meeting on this issue on the last day of the monsoon session. Replying to the discussion which lasted for about 8 hours, Home Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Pakistan for the violence in the valley and also reiterated that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

Talking about Pakistan’s involvement in the unrest in Kashmir, the Home Minister said, “Whatever is happening in Kashmir is Pakistan sponsored”. He further expressed that, “on the basis of the power by the collective views of the council, I can say that no power in this world can take Jammu & Kashmir away from us”, adding, “regarding talks with Pakistan, if there are talks held it would not be on Kashmir but Pakistan Occupied Kashmir”.

Responding to the request of a majority of members seeking ban on use of pellet guns, Rajnath Singh informed the house that a committee has been set up to look into the issue. Pointing out the high number of jawans injured — 4515 in comparison to 3356 civilians in the clashes so far, Singh reiterated that forces have been exercising maximum restraint. Rajnath also lauded the efforts of the state govt. and listed several steps taken by Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition govt. in ensuring people in the valley had access to basic facilities during the curfew and violence. Home Minister also urged the youth in Kashmir valley to refrain from hoisting ISIS flags and informed the house that he will discuss with the state Chief Minister about the prospects of a visit by an all-party delegation to the state as demanded by several members during the discussion .