Highlights of the press conference by Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti

Highlights of the press conference by Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, August 25: During a joint press conference with Ms. Mufti in Srinagar, Mr. Singh promised an all-party mission to Kashmir, restraint on use of pellet guns and counselling for “children who pick up stones”.

Ms. Mufti said only 5 per cent of the people try to hijack the situation, while 95 per cent want a peaceful Kashmir.

Earlier, the Home Minister also met members of civil society who apprised him about the situation in the State. They also told him about the difficulties faced by the common citizen in the wake of protests and curfew.

This is second visit of Mr. Singh in a month to the State.


Do not question our understanding of the situation.Trying to find solution, says HM.

No solution can be found by stone pelting and attacking security camps, says Mehbooba.

More than 4000 security personnel injured. Will appeal to people not to forget the role they played during floods in Kashmir, says Rajnath.

I want an inquiry into the death of lecturer, says Mehbooba adding 95 per cent of people want a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem.

Killings should stop in Kashmir. Who wants them to continue, sask Rajnath

“We will talk to everyone within the confines of Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jumhooriyat, he said in response to a query whether he was willing to talk to the Hurriyat.

Rajnath says “there will be an alternative to pellet guns soon”. He adds “Security forces have been asked to exercise restraint and they are doing so.”

“Children are children. If they pick up stones, they must be counselled,” says Union Home Minister.

The Home Minister’s visit is an effort by the central government to restore normalcy in the Valley, which has been reeling under curfew and restrictions since trouble started.

“I shall interact will civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” he had said, before leaving for Srinagar, adding, “Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat (Kashmir’s pluralist ethos, humanity and democracy) are welcome.”

Singh also said that without Kashmir’s future in sight, India cannot progress as he appealed to people to stop the youth to pick up stones and help identify those who are instigating the young for violence.

Rajnath Singh mentioned his meeting with all the stakeholders since Wednesday meeting almost 300 people, all of whom held that normalcy must return to Kashmir. “The whole country feels the pain of Kashmir’s situation, not just the Kashmiris,” said Singh.

“I would like to appeal to Kashmir’s populace to not play with the lives of the youth. The youth, who need to have books-pens in their hands have stones instead. Who is permitting this? Will these people guarantee a safe future for these youngsters,” asked the home minister.

The Home Minister also mentioned the role of the security forces. “Think of the security personnel as your brothers. Remember their role during the floods. We are looking for advances in Kashmir. There would be recruitment for 10,000 SPOs,” said the minister.

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