Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the NDA-government is committed to restoring normalcy in the Kashmir Valley and is reaching out to the civil society to deal with the situation. The PM was addressing an all-party meeting convened to discuss ways to address tension in the Valley erupted after the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani.
Here are the highlights of PM's speech at the all-party meet:
1) Cross-border terrorism, supported by Pakistan, is the root cause of turbulence in the valley
2) Like every Indian, I am deeply pained that students are unable to study (in the valley). (Even) the apples produced in large quantity in the valley are not reaching markets and government offices are unable to carry out public welfare works.
3) The government is ready to address "grievances" of all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir as per the Constitution. But there cannot be any compromise with the nation's integrity.
4) We will speed up the political process to protect our democracy, the PM said.
5) Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a part of Jammu and Kashmir. India will fight terrorism with full might and commitment, PM said. The government's efforts include reaching out to the civil society and speeding up measures to integrate Kashmir's youth with the state's economic activities.
6) External Affairs Ministry should contact citizens of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, living in different parts of the world, to get details of the area's pitiable condition and share them with the international community.
7) Seeking support of all political parties, the prime minister said, "When terrorism is on the rise across the world and when we are encircled by terrorism sponsored by the neighbouring country, we will have to be united in this fight. The government expects constructive support from all opposition parties on this."
8) "I have complete confidence that with the dedication of the state government and with your total cooperation, we will soon restore normal life in Jammu and Kashmir again," Modi said as he praised Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's government, in which BJP is a partner, for its "careful handling" of the issue despite odds.
9) Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said his government would follow the path shown by him, a reference to the former Prime Minister's offer to hold dialogue under the framework of 'insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat'.
10) "Whoever get killed, whether civilians or security forces, we all feel the pain. I have full sympathies with their families. We are committed to providing good health care to the injured and also towards restoring peace in the valley so that people could live their normal lives...," Modi said.
With inputs from agencies