October 2017 News

Nothing Can Stop K-resolution: Rajnath

14 October 2017
PTI


Bardoli (Gujarat): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said no power in the world can stop the government from resolving the Kashmir issue and hit out at Pakistan for its 'impious' activities against India. Rajnath said the NDA government had given a free hand to the Army to act against terrorists and give a befitting reply to any firing from across the border in Kashmir. 'I would like to say that nobody needs to be worried about Kashmir. No power in the world can stop us from resolving the issue,' he said. Addressing a gathering here in Surat district as part of the BJP's 'Gujarat Gaurav Yatra', Rajnath attacked Pakistan saying it was sending terrorists into India and wanted to break the country. 'Pakistan is our neighbouring state. Its name is 'Pak'-istan, but it regularly indulges in 'napaak' (impious) activities, tries to break India and sends terrorists into India,' he said. 'Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best (for peaceful resolution of bilateral issues) considering that Pakistan is our neighbouring state. He even went to Pakistan breaking all protocol, but Pakistan is not refraining from its activities. This can't continue for long,' he said. The Home Minister said he had asked the Army to reply with bullets to Pakistani firing on the Kashmir border instead of showing the 'white flag' (of peace). 'We have given a free hand to the Army. I have said you are free to act against terrorists,' he said, adding this had resulted in a 'record' number of militants being killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016-17. 'We do not need to tell you the numbers. Sometimes it is one (militant) in a day or two or four or six. Our jawans keep greeting them with 'Jai Sri Ram.' It has never happened before that militants have been killed in such a large number,' the minister said. Rajnath recalled how a few months after the Modi government came to power in May 2014, he had given standing orders to the BSF Director-General to stop the practice of showing 'white flags' to Pakistan in response to their firing at the Indo-Pak border. Rajnath said he came to know about the practice after he talked to the BSF chief following news that five Indian citizens had been killed in firing by Pakistani personnel. He (the BSF DG) 'told me it is an old practice to show white flag in response to Pakistani firing... this is to tell them that we want peace. I asked the DG as to what was Pakistan response to our flags being shown 16 times.' 'He said Pakistan did not show any white flag. On telephone I told him not to show white flag for the 17th time. And it is my standing order that while first bullet shall not be fired by India, if we receive even a single bullet, we will retaliate,' he said.

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