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Our fight is not against Kashmiris, but for Kashmir: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed during a rally of BJP workers in Rajasthan on Saturday. — @narendramodi/Twitter

Our fight is not against Kashmiris, but for Kashmir: PM Modi

Omar Abdullah thanks PM for speaking against attacks on Kashmiris23 Feb 2019 | 9:17 PM

JAIPUR: Paying homage to CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday peace in the world is not possible if terrorism continues.

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Yash Goyal
Tonk (Rajasthan), February 23

Expressing his serious concern on a stray incidents targeting Kashmiri people recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured that India’s fight was against terror, terrorismand enemies of humanity, but not against Kashmiri people.

“Whether it was a small or big incident concerning Kashmiri people, issue is that this should not have been done or happened anywhere in the country. Each and every kid is tired of terrorism in Kashmir and people there want to contain terrorism forever,” Modi said at a rally of BJP workers and leaders ahead of Lok Sabha polls here.

In his new disclosure, which never appeared in media as he claimed, the PM said, “Two years ago when about 200 sarpanches and panches from Kashmir had come to request to hold the Panchayati Raj polls in the state, I urged them to close down the schools run by terrorists in the Valley because childrens future was going to be bleak. Then they promised me and they not only fulfilled their promise but also initiated the move leading to arrest of certain terrorists. Not a single such school is running there now.”

“Kashmiris still want ‘mukti’ (freedom) from terrorism. Unfortunately, the earlier governments had sown such a seed (of terror/hate) that their dreams could not come true. Now this government of Hindustan would fulfil their dreams of happiness and freedom.

“I know for the last 40 years, you (Kashmiris) are sufferers of terror due to the play of a handful of people. People of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh want peace and prosperity. I assure that your ‘Pradhan Sevak’ is busy on this task to bring peace and harmony by uprooting terrorism forever,” PM Modi maintained.

“Peace in the world and in our country will continue till the terror factories are not locked forever. It appears that locking down such factories is in my share (of governance)...then it is okay. I again promise: Is baar sabka hisab hoga, hisab pura hoga...chun chun kar hisab hona chahiye. Duniya bhar mein inka dana-pani band hona chahiye,” as the PM raised the issues, audience in one voice said: “Hona chahiye”. 

Offering floral tributes to the martyrs, including five from Rajasthan, the PM said the Pulwama terror attack has become a global concern. “It has united all and every nation has come forward to finish terrorism.” 

“We are strong on every front and moving forward against terrorism. This is our resolution… a resolution of 130 crore Hindustanis. We are above politics. It is part of national policy and question of prestige on security front. India is taking step-by-step action and taking explanation from Pakistan. Due to our stern and strong decision, Pakistan mein hadkamp hai (Pakistan is rattled),” he added. 

The Prime Minister reportedly had to change helicopters because of a technical snag at Sanganer Airport , although airport authorities refused to confirm this. 

Omar thanks PM Modi

Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his silence on attacks against Kashmiris in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and expressed hope that such incidents would not recur.

"Thank you @narendramodi Sahib. Aaj aap ne hamaray dil ki baat keh di (you have conveyed the feelings of our heart)," Abdullah tweeted.

"It's been a more than a week since the terrible attack in Pulwama & more than a week that Kashmiris have been bearing the brunt of the public anger. Perhaps finally after PM @narendramodi Sb has spoken these forces targeting Kashmiris will stop in their tracks," the NC leader said. — With PTI inputs

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