New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Centre will not hold talks with the “Hurriyat, Jamiat or Pakistan” and speak with the youth of Jammu and Kashmir instead.
Speaking during the no-confidence debate in Lok Sabha, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken an “epoch-making decision” to bring about a change in Kashmir.
“Article 370 was a mistake by the Jawaharlal Nehru government. It was abrogated by this parliament on August 5 and 6, 2019. With that, two flags and two constitutions were gone from Kashmir and PM Modi ensured its complete integration into the country,” Mr Shah said.
“An NGO inspired by them (Congress) held a meeting recently and released a report stating that the Centre should hold talks with the Hurriyat, Jamiat and Pakistan. We will not speak to the Hurriyat, Jamiat or Pakistan. If we hold discussions, we will hold them with the youth of the Valley. They are our own and we will talk to them,” the home minister added.
Hitting out at parties “that call themselves democratic”, Shah said three families had ruled over Kashmir — Muftis, Abdullahs and Gandhis — but did not get panchayat polls conducted. PM Modi got them held in November-December 2018, he said. Shah also spoke about the development of tourism in the state since the abrogation of Article 370, as well as the reopening of theatres.
The minister claimed that between the last nine years of the UPA rule and the nine years of the Modi government, there has been a 68% decrease in terrorist incidents, 72% fall in deaths of civilian and security forces personnel combined, 82% reduction in civilian deaths and a 56% fall in the deaths of security personnel. Mr Shah added that no one now has the courage to indulge in stone-throwing.
Stand by India, don’t brand us Pak loyalists: Abdullah
New Delhi: Responding to Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech in the Lok Sabha, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah targeted the government saying “we stand for India, don’t brand us traitors or Pakistanis”.
“People of Kashmir stand proud to be part of India …. We always stood for India because we wanted to stand by this nation, and please don’t say we are not part of India … don’t say we are Pakistanis,” he said.