Jammu, Oct 20: Terming as farce Pakistan’s oft- repeated claim that a “freedom movement” was on in Kashmir, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said it is a “manufactured struggle” and a “mercenary movement” that has graduated into an industry.
He said the youths in the Valley have now understood the nefarious designs of the elements, who have been using them as “sacrificial goat” while their own children are lodged in safe havens.
“There is no such thing like freedom struggle at all in Kashmir. It is a farce. It is a manufactured freedom struggle.
“It is a mercenary movement, which has gradually graduated into anindustry now, in which there are huge vested interests involvedand such people carry out mayhem in the name of freedom struggle,” Singh, who is Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, told reporters here today.
He was replying to a question about Pakistan’s claim of “freedom movement” in Kashmir.
The Minister said the realisation that they were being exploited in the name of struggle has dawned upon the youths and cited the example of a”leading” militant commander being nabbed with the assistance of a woman.
“She was among the young women who werebeing exploited by these militant commanders in Kashmir,” he said.
“The youths of Kashmir have understood that those who are exploitingthem have their children lodged in the safe havens of thecountry and the world and are using them as the sacrificial goat,” headded.
“There is a lot of awakening in a large section of youths and they wish to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s developmental journey in the country,” he added.
“They want to avail the opportunities available to the youths in other parts of the country. They don’t want to miss this bus. They want to be part of this journey,” Singh, who is also minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said.
On the violence in connection with alleged braid chopping incidents, the Minister said that there was not a single case with substantial evidence.
“There can be mischief behind this… the right thinking citizens will condemn this. We should not jump to conclusion without having any evidence.
“We live in evidence-based era.
We should not allow it to become a tool for certain politicians or separatists,” the Union Minister said.
Asked about militant launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), he said that Pakistan carries out infiltration activities every year .
“Out of 50-60 infiltration bids, 45-50 infiltration bids have been foiled. This speaks about the efficiency and increase in capability ofsecurity forces,” he said.
The minister said that Jammu and Kashmir police has also come of age, particularly its special operations group.
Many of the militants have either been nabbed or liquidated with minimum collateral damage possible. “It is a compliment to police and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said
About the reported diktat by a Muslim organisation that boys and girls should not study together, he said, “Without getting into the discussion, I can say that in India of 2017, boys and girls can decide for themselves”.
“I have already said that they are part of the aspirational movement of Modi’s new India and therefore they cannot be subjected to any gender bias,” he said.
‘Why debates on human rights only highlight rights of terrorists’
New Delhi: Why does the debate on human rights only highlight the rights of terrorists and not the victims, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked.
In acts of terror, the victims are the biggest sufferers, but debates on human rights only highlight the rights of terrorists and the crime’s perpetrators, and not those of the victims, he said while addressing the Common Wealth Law Ministers’ Conference in the Bahamas.
Later, the meeting adopted in its outcome that “terrorism could have no justification and that acts of terror were the most egregious violation of human rights of victims”.
A release issued today by the law ministry said that this was for the first time that the meet adopted an outcome on terrorism.
Participating in the discussions on counter-terrorism and the use of information and technology, Prasad said that India had long been a victim of the most vicious terrorism unleashed from across the border.
He also underlined the need for working together to address the concerns on cyber security and data privacy.
The minister also informed delegates of the Commonwealth nations that India is not only working towards ensuring a robust data protection regime, but is also committed to create a safe and secure cyber space.
He emphasised the need for using data analytics and cyber forensics for better investigation of terror attacks.