February 2019 News
Fight Is For Kashmir, Not Against Kashmiris: Modi23 February 2019
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today India's fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris and added that even the youth of Kashmir have been hit by terrorism and killed by the terrorists. He asserted that incidents of attacks on Kashmiris in some States shouldn't have happened. 'People of the country especially youth are full of anger (in the wake of Pulwama terror attack). There is overwhelming sentiment of bravery and heroism (veer ras). But our fight is against terrorism, against the enemy of humanity. Our fight is for Kashmir, and not against Kashmiris,' Modi said today in a rally at Tonk, Rajasthan. Maintaining that the Kashmiri youth are also victims of terrorism, the Prime Minister said they are ready to come with us and we have to take them along. He added that the Kashmiri youth too have been killed by the militants. Referring to attacks on Kashmiri youth and students in some States, where they had gone for studies and business, Modi said: 'whether the incident was small or big, whether it happened or not, it shouldn't have happened in this country'. 'A terrorist is a terrorist and Kashmiri people are also facing trouble due to terrorism. Previous Governments sowed such seeds but this Government of India will fulfill the dreams of Kashmiris,' he said. 'Lakhs of Amarnath pilgrims visit Kashmir every year. A year before, they were attacked by the terrorists. Some of them were killed and others injured. The Kashmiri people queued up to give blood to the injured and saved their lives,' the Prime Minister recalled. On successful conduct of Panchayat elections, he said Sarpanchs and Panchs have prevented burning of schools in the Kashmir valley. He said 70-75 percent people turnout out for voting in the Panchayat elections. It may be mentioned here that number of schools were burnt by the militants in several parts of the Kashmir valley before Panchayat elections. Modi declared that Pulwama terror attack perpetrators would have to pay as he appealed to people to have faith in armed forces and his Government. Modi also took a dig at Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying 'it is the time he stands true to his words'. He added that peace in the world is not possible if the factory of terrorism continues like this. 'There is consensus in the entire world against terrorism. We are moving ahead with strength to punish the perpetrators of terrorism,' he declared 'Stern action against those who live in India and push separatism has been taken and will be taken. This is a changed India, this pain will not be tolerated. We will not sit quiet after suffering this pain. We know how to crush terrorism. This is an India of new policies,' the Prime Minister said. Recalling his conversation with Imran Khan during a congratulatory call after the cricketer-turned-politician became Pakistan's premier, Modi said, 'People know him as a cricketer. I told him there have been enough of fights between India and Pakistan. Pakistan got nothing, every fight we have won. I told him let us fight against poverty and illiteracy. He told me, 'Modiji, I am the son of Pathan. I speak true and I do true.' Today, it is the time he stands true to his words. I will see whether he stands true to his words or not.' He said the Government took decisions after Pulwama attack that created ripples in Pakistan. Modi said that Indian soldiers sent one main perpetrator of the Pulwama terror attack to the place he deserved and asked people to keep faith on soldiers guarding borders, his Government and the blessings of Maa Bhavani, the Hindu Goddess of power and justice. He said the Government took decisions after Pulwama attack that created ripples in Pakistan. 'If we want to win the fight, we should not make mistakes. A terrorist is a terrorist and Kashmiri people are also facing trouble due to terrorism. Previous Governments sowed such seeds but this Government of India will fulfil the dreams of Kashmiris,' he said.