Will talk to Kashmiris not Pakistan: Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah said that for peace he will talk to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and not to Pakistan. Addressing a youth rally at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Amit Shah lashed out at former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah.

“Dr Farooq Sahib has suggested that we should talk to Pakistan. Let me clarify, if we will talk, we will talk to people of Jammu and Kashmir and its youth only, no one else. Today, I am speaking my heart. I was posed a series of questions. Today, I am speaking without a bullet proof shield,” Shah told the gathering wearing a traditional Kashmiri tweed over-garment called ‘Pheran’.

He said no one will be allowed to disrupt the development and peace journey of the Valley.

“Why Dr Farooq and Mehbooba failed to do what BJP did in just two years. I am often asked by some people why curfew was imposed in Kashmir and why the Internet was snapped. Let me answer today. This was done to protect and save the lives of our youth. We didn’t want vested interests and anti-peace elements to exploit the situation and push our youth on roads to face bullets,” he said. “This step was taken to save the lives of Kashmiri youth.”

He said so far 40,000 people, including security forces personnel, militants and civilians in J&K have been killed in violence.

“It is time to come out of this bloodshed and march towards a new journey of peace, development and prosperity. I promise, J&K will get what it deserves by 2024,” he said.

Lashing out at the NC and PDP, Shah said that the leaders of these two parties never condemned those who killed civilians.

“Time has gone when militants would exploit the situation. No one will be allowed to kill civilians and we assure you that peace will remain intact in J&K,” he said.

Shah said there was a rumour mongering in J&K post-Article 370 abrogation that land and jobs of people would be snatched.

“Give me one example of any village where land of any villager has been snatched.

“Under the leadership of J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, 20,000 jobs have been provided and 6,000 more are in offing.”

He, however, said that unlike previous regimes, especially two families who ruled for 70 years, jobs will now be given to only those who deserve these. 

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