Jammu: BJP on Tuesday said separatists in Kashmir were fighting a "proxy war" against India with the help of "imported terrorists" and funding from Pakistan in the name of "so called azadi" even as it blamed the neighbouring country for sponsoring the present unrest in the Valley.
"The separatist elements in the Valley are fighting a proxy war against India with the help of imported terrorists and funding from Pakistan with nefarious designs and for the cause of so-called azadi (freedom movement)," BJP state spokesman Balbir Ram Rattan said.
He said it was unfortunate that separatists were "misguiding the youth" and using them as "human shields" in confrontation against the security forces.
"In this way, in a pre-planned manner, the attempt is being made to highlight the Kashmir issue in the world at the cost of the lives of young boys. The so called Kashmir problem is, in fact, a problem in Kashmir where the majority of the people, who want peace and tranquillity, are forced to bear the brunt of the situation created by Pakistan with the help of its stooges operating in the Valley," Rattan said.
He alleged that problem in Kashmir was a result of wrong policies by successive governments' at the Centre post independence, which, according to him, always tried to "pamper the separatists and politicians with vested interests and ignoring the interests of common masses".
"The elite-class in the Valley has always tried to create the unrest and turmoil on one pretext or the other while following a policy of separatism- bringing in unending vortex of violence, instability, and destruction with peace becoming a casualty," he alleged.
"Whatever the state is facing today was the creation of faulty approach to deal with the separatists and politicians with vested interests who should have been curbed from the very beginning," he said.