Kashmir and Kashmiris are our own but can’t tolerate terror: Rajnath
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that even though the Centre had announced a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir Valley, the security forces were not expected to sit quietly if militants attacked them.
He said the ceasefire was announced as a measure to win the hearts of the Kashmiri people for whom Ramzaan is very important.
The Centre announced a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir Valley on the first day of Ramzan. Rajnath Singh has preferred to call it “suspension of operations” against militants. He said, “It is the suspension of operations. We have done it after giving proper thought to it. This was done to ensure that no civilian dies in operations by security forces.”
“But this does not mean that if the terrorists attack us, the security forces will do nothing. They will respond. Even today, five militants were killed,” he said during an interaction on the stage of Panchayat Aaj Tak in New Delhi today.
Rajnath Singh also refuted the charge that the Modi government is confused in its Kashmir policy between two streams of thoughts – one of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that called for ‘Insaniyat’ and the other one espouses hard-line approach favouring iron handed dealing with terrorism.
He said, “There is no confusion about our Kashmir policy. We want to end terror by whatever means. But we believe that Kashmir and Kashmiris both are our own. We want to win their hearts. Suspension of operations was one of the measures towards this aim.”
Responding to militants’ rejection of ceasefire in the valley, Rajnath Singh said, “How do you expect militants to support our move? They will not,” adding, “Pakistan has not responded in the manner it should have after suspension of operation in Kashmir Pakistan does not want Indian Muslims to celebrate Ramzan peacefully.”
On Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorism even after a surgical strike by Indian forces in 2016, Rajnath Singh said, “If they have not learnt the lesson (even after action by special commandos across LoC), they will have to learn it soon. The international community is now convinced that Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism.”