368 militants killed in last three years in Kashmir

Lance Nichols
June 4, 2017

Lauding the Centre's governance in the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ruling, Rajnath stated that the unemployment situation in Kashmir has improved a lot in the coming years. "The "violence" will not last long", he said and blamed Pakistan for "fomenting trouble" in the Indian-held Kashmir. "It may take some time", he said, while saying the solution will be a "comprehensive and integrated solution". I can say that we have, together, provided security to the country. "I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large population (of Muslims), the ISIS has not been able to set foot", he said.

Targeting the separatists in Kashmir he said there are some groups which are misleading youths in the Valley.

In this connection, he said 90 ISIS sympathisers have been arrested during last three years.

"India is the second largest country as far as Muslim population in the world is concerned".

To a pointed question whether government considers the decades-old militancy problem in Jammu and Kashmir as a "political" or a "military" one, he said, "We consider it as a problem" and the government is confident of finding a "lasting solution". "We will take the Kashmiris into confidence before reaching a permanent solution", Singh added. "It has not been able to handle Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and FATA either", Singh said at a news conference on the completion of three years of Modi government.

"We will bring an end to Pak-sponsored terrorism in J-K and establish peace and tranquillity in the state. Also Rs. 2, 000 crore packages was granted by the Central government to refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir", Singh said. "Hum kya karenge usey dekhte jaiye (Just keep watching what we do)", Singh said when asked to broadly define the "permanent solution", which he initially spoke about in India Today interview last week.

When he was reminded that that Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had supported Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep as a shield against stone-pelting, Singh said, "Whatever Naidu had said was correct".

Rajnath Singh also said that 2016 has witnessed the lowest insurgency incidents in the last 20 years. Only two incidents of blasts have been reported in past three years at Gurdaspur and Pathankot. "The youth of Jammu and Kashmir are our youth, the youth of India, the future of India", Singh said.

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