No need to take Farooq’s “provocative” statements seriously: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi [India], Apr. 5: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Wednesday downplayed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s statement supporting stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley and said that his remarks should not be taken seriously.

“We should not to take his comments seriously. These types of leaders, who try to indulge in Kashmir politics, often get stuck with petty issues. As far as stone pelters are concerned, the Prime Minister said it that if we focus on stone building instead of stone pelting, the country would peddle its way towards development,” Singh told ANI.

“He is making these statements to misguide the youth. Kashmiri youth should not participate in stone pelting. They should focus on studies,” Bhat told ANI.

Emphasizing that Kashmir would remain an integral part of India, Bhat said the issues pertaining to the Valley have been politicised.

“The Kashmir issue has been made a political issue. The people here have been getting basic facilities like any other states. I think this azadi slogan has become cancerous in Kashmir,” she added.

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