Pak agencies instigating youth in Valley: Union Minister

RSTV Bureau
File photo of DoPT minister Dr. Jitendra Singh.

File photo of DoPT minister Dr. Jitendra Singh.

Union minister Jitendra Singh and Jammu and Kashmir top cop flayed the Pakistan establishment for the situation the valley. While Singh said that Pakistan’s agencies are instigating youths in Kashmir through false propaganda in social media, J&K DGP SP Vaid appealed the youth of state to stay away from encounter sites.

The valley has been gripped in tension with youth resorting to stone pelting at the security forces at the encounter sites. Three youth were killed in an incident this week, while more than 60 security personnel were left injured due to stone pelting.

Urging the civil society and Jammu and Kashmir government to make the youths understand the reality, instead of getting instigated by false propaganda by few people, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh blamed Pakistan agencies for the repeated unrest.

“Pakistani agencies are using social media to instigate youths of Kashmir Valley through false propaganda in social media. I would appeal the youths there not to get carried away by such propaganda,” the Minister said.

Singh also took on the separatists, charging them of doing the politics of convenience.

“There are leaders who want to instigate the youths of Kashmir Valley to indulge in activities like stone pelting and violence. But these very leaders want their own children to become IAS and IPS officers. They want their children to study in good school. I feel that these leaders are doing the politics of convenience,” he said.

Budgam: A group of youth pelting stones on security forces during an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, March 28, 2017. Photo - PTI

Budgam: A group of youth pelting stones on security forces during an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, March 28, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid had also met Singh, who is a Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, and apprised him about the security situation in the Valley.

The duo held a detailed discussion about the prevailing situation in Kashmir, in the aftermath of recent violence.

Earlier in the day, in Srinagar, Vaid also appealed to them to refrain from such activity.

“In the encounter, even security forces and police take cover of a bulletproof vehicle or a house. Youths coming to the encounter sites are committing suicide,” he told the press.

“A bullet does not whom it will hit. My appeal to all the young boys is that they should remain in their homes and not come to encounter sites. The youth must understand that they are being used by people for their short-term political gains,” the DGP added.

In a reference to Pakistan agencies, he also told that inimical elements were misusing social media, some of whose accounts were traced across the border, to instigate the youths to hurl stones at security forces to help militants flee.

“Some of these accounts have been traced across (the border). It is an attempt by the enemies of India to create problems. All these numbers are being monitored and we will take action against those operating them from here,” he said.

SP Vaid also urged the people to think about the families of those who lost their lives during the incidents of stone-pelting recently.

(With inputs from the PTI)