Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that unrest in Kashmir is “Pakistan-sponsored.”
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament, Singh said, “Whatever is happening in Kashmir is Pakistan-sponsored. We (government) will do everything to normalise the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Attacking Pakistan further, Singh said, “Though name of the country is Pakistan, its actions are ‘na-pak’ (evil).”
The Home Minister informed the House that security forces were asked not to use fatal weapons and exercise restraint while dealing with civilians.
As many as 1948 civilians and 1671 security personnel were injured in the violence. Singh said 1744 injured civilians have been treated, while one jawan died in the violence.
“We must take care of sensitivity of people and Kashmiriyat. Pakistan need not worry about Indian Muslims,” he said.
Thanking the opposition for showing solidarity over Kashmir issue, Singh said, “We are surer than ever that all political parties stand together to talk about the Kashmir issue, terrorism.”
As soon as violence in the valley started, Singh said he had called Jammu and Kashmir government, asking everyone to exercise as much restraint as possible.
“I am constantly in touch with J&K Chief Minister and whatever needs to be done to stabilise the state we will do it,” he said.
Responding to the criticism that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was away while violence spread in Kashmir, the home minister said, “When PM Modi was on foreign tour, I didn’t call him but he did. He inquired about Kashmir situation and steps to be taken.”
“And the first meeting after arriving in India was a review meeting on J&K situation,” he added.
(With ANI inputs)