Onus, now, on separatists: Rajnath

Shuchismita. Dated: 7/21/2019 12:48:14 PM

‘Not far to achieve terrorism All-Out’

KATHUA, Jul 20: The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday put the onus on the separatists to walk up to the negotiating table to end the existing stalemate vis-à-vis political initiative to resolve Kashmir imbroglio.
His assertion came with a reminder that he had already made exhaustive efforts to bring them to dialogue table as the Home Minister of the country, (in first tenure of Modi-government).
Now it’s for them (separatists) to act to make things move - whatever way, he plainly told when queried about stand-off on the need of political initiative in Kashmir after effectively containing militancy in the Valley, as claimed by the government.
The Defence Minister was speaking to media persons after inaugurating the 1000-meter long Ujh bridge along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district.
“What stand-off..? There’s no stand-off. Jitni Pehl Iss Desh Key Griha-Mantri Ko Karni Chahiye Thi Utni Pehl To Maine Pehle Kardi… Ab Uskay Baad Woh Faisla Karengay Key Kya Karna Hai.. (The efforts and initiatives, expected from the Home Minister of this country, have already been exhausted by me in my tenure as the Union Home Minister… Now it is for them to take a call as what they want to do…),” he said.
Responding to another query related to “Operation All–Out” in the Valley to weed-out terrorism, Rajnath said that day was not far off to achieve that mark.
“There are no two opinions about it that the Kashmir will get rid of terrorism very soon. Rest assured….it’s going to happen very soon. More so, I believe- as in case of any act of terror occurring anywhere in the world, the way the international community is rallying around on one platform, joining hands to take on this threat, it (terrorism) will be wiped out of - not only Kashmir, Jammu ...but the entire world,” he said.
What was that challenge which was main obstacle in resolving Kashmir, in the Defence Minister’s opinion as he had earlier served as the Union Home Minister also?
Faced with this query, Rajnath said, “There’s no need to analyse that challenge here. Whatever be the challenge, it will be tackled. We very well know all the reasons, we’ll sort them out and J&K will be rid of terrorism, for sure.”
In response to queries related to recurrent ceasefire violations by Pakistan on IB and LoC, even on the day of his visit to J&K today and the probability of another Kargil-like misadventure by the neighbouring nation (Pak), his terse reply was, “This message is for all the countrymen- Have faith in our country’s leadership - the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the valiant jawans and officers of our armed forces. They will not let down your faith in them.”
Earlier he said, “I’ve just returned from Kargil. Accompanied by the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, I saw those majestic peaks, which were freed from the clutches of Pakistan by our valiant soldiers by laying down their lives yet not before incurring a crushing defeat to the enemy and failing its evil designs. I’ve just witnessed the testimonies to their (gallant soldiers’) valour and heroic deeds which earned India a proud victory.”
Rajnath stated that the Ujh bridge, which as per Director General-Border Road Organisation’s assertion, was the longest bridge constructed by the organization anywhere in the country, would ease problems of border residents related to connectivity.
“In the form of bridge, the long pending demand of border residents has been realized. The strenuous efforts of Border Road Organisation (BRO) to complete this bridge in stipulated period despite lot of problems and hostile conditions are, undoubtedly, laudable,” the Defence Minister said.



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