Pak Should Understand India's Might, Says Jaitley In Kashmir

4 December 2014
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, whose economic and military might Pakistan should understand, and that every Indian citizen should accept it. 'Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, and every citizen of the country should accept this fact,' Jaitley said while addressing a meeting organised by the BJP here. Referring to Pakistan, Jatiley said the neighbouring country must understand that it wouldn't be able take any part of the state. 'Pakistan should understand the economic and military might of India. It cannot touch even an inch of land here,' he said. 'Boundaries cannot be redrawn as times have changed when borderies of a country could be changed.' 'People who have taken to guns should understand that India's capability to fight guns has increased. India knows how to deal with those who try to change the demography by picking up the guns. Those who believe resorting to violence can result in the secession of any part of a country of over 1.25 billion people are badly misguided and are living in a fools' paradise.' 'In fact, in today's world, there is no room for violence and people who want to make their voices heard through guns should understand this,' he went on. Jaitley then ruled out dialogue with separatists or militants. 'There can be no talks with those who are pursuing the path of separatism. However, the Centre is ready to talk to anyone who eschews the path of violence,' he said, adding the government would welcome the misguided youth who return to mainstream politics, as it wanted to see peace and prosperity in the state. 'Those who talk about Vajpayee's 'insaniyat ke darye mein' statement should understand that 'insaniyat' does not mean picking up guns, terrorism, civilian killings, and splitting the country,' he said. Congratulating the people of the state for the high voter turnout in the first two phases of the Assembly elections, the senior BJP leader said: 'People in the state have rejected separatism and the notion that change can be brought only by using guns and bullets. 'Seventy-two percent turnout is the best example that the people of Kashmir are fed up with separatism. We welcome the people who want to quit separatism,' he said. The minister said the people were feeling the change after the Modi Government took over the reins. 'I had taken over as Defence Minister when two youths were killed by the Army in the Chattergam area in central Kashmir's Budgam district. After the killings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told me to immediately find out the reality. I expressed regret on my Twitter handle after finding out the truth,' he said, adding the Army men found responsible for the incident were identified and punished within a month. He said no other government had done it. He said while the BJP was discussing what the contours of the legal and constitutional relationship between Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre should be, the outcome of such a debate would not come in the way of the Central assistance to the state.