We want to end trouble in Kashmir forever: Ahir

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‘Govt committed to restore peace in Valley’

We want to end trouble in Kashmir forever: Ahir


Hyderabad / Kolkata, June 21:

Three union ministers Thursday made a strong pitch to free Jammu and Kashmir of militancy with Hansraj Ahir declaring, "We want to end this trouble forever" and justifying BJP's decision to end its alliance with the PDP in the state that has led to imposition of Governor's rule.
Ahir, the minister of state for home, said the Government of India (GoI) will not tolerate militancy and that it was committed to bringing peace in the Valley.
"We want to end this trouble forever, what is being carried out in Kashmir by separatists, militants or by Pakistan. The government will not tolerate it)," Ahir said.
Speaking to reporters on sidelines of an event in Hyderabad, Ahir said the government will not hesitate in taking action against militants.
"...whoever acts against the country, we will take action against them... We will continue to give a befitting reply."
"The government is committed to restore peace in Kashmir," the minister said adding that ensuring Kashmiri people lead a normal life was important.
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma said the situation would improve under Governor's rule, where the might of the state can take on militants with the help of the people.
He said with the imposition of Governor's rule, the situation in the state will change for the better.
"The change is already apparent with the security forces and police working with more confidence now. The impact of the change will be felt soon," Sharma said.
"We kept it (alliance with PDP) for three years, but now with the present political situation having changed, the time has come for such a rule (Governor's rule). A rule where the might of the state can take on militants with the help of the people," Sharma told reporters in Kolkata after attending an Yoga event.
Without naming any country, Sharma said, "the entire world knows the role of a country in Kashmir. That country now stands isolated in the entire world."
On militant activities in Kashmir, he said, "We'll free Kashmir of terrorism and win back the misguided section who happen to be our own countrymen".
He described Kashmir as the "Pride of India".
Speaking to reporters after participating in the Yoga Day celebrations in Raipur, Power minister R K Singh said the decision to withdraw support to the PDP was taken in the country's interest.
"It was in the country's interest to break the alliance and strongly counter terrorism and anti-national elements," he said.
The BJP's expectations from the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir could not be fulfilled given the prevailing situation in the state, Singh said.
"We had no other option but to pull out of the government," he added.
"Let the others say whatever they want to, but for us the nation comes first. Whenever we feel that a decision needs to be taken in the nation's interest, we take it," Singh added.



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