‘They are victims of terror’: PM Modi condemns violence against youths from Kashmir

Tonk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India’s fight was against terrorism and not against Kashmir or Kashmiris.

Paying tribute to the CRPF jawans killed in the terror attack, Modi said at a rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk that it was of utmost importance to take along the youth of Kashmir in the battle against terrorism as Kashmiris too were victims of terror and must be protected.

“What happened to Kashmiri youths in the last few days…It does not matter whether the incident was small or big, such things should not happen. Kashmiri youths are victims of terror. Every child of Kashmir is with India in our fight against terror,” Modi said.

He added that incidents like these “give power to the tukde, tukde gang” and their supporters. “It is the responsibility of every Indian to protect every laal (child) of Kashmir,” he said.

Taking a dig at Imran Khan, Modi said, “When Pak got a new PM, I had congratulated him (Imran Khan). I had told him we together should fight against poverty and illiteracy. He had said to me that he was the son of a Pathan and would stand by his words. Today, it is time to test if he will do so.”

The Prime Minister kick-started the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in Rajasthan on Saturday with the ‘Vijay Sankalp rally’.

This was his first visit to the state after the Assembly elections in December which the Congress managed to win.

Since the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, there have been reports of assaults and social boycotts of Kashmiris across India.

Over 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred in a suicide bomb blast in Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14. Ever since then, India has worked diplomatic channels to isolate Pakistan.

For the first time, the United Nations Security Council has termed a bomb blast in Jammu and Kashmir as an act of terror.

China also came on board in the UNSC resolution condemning the attack. Under pressure, Pakistan mildly cracked down on the Jaish-e-Mohammed on Friday.