New Delhi: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on a joint press conference in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday said that the government would try and find a safer alternative for pellet guns to quell protests in the region.
In the conference attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Rajnath said the Ministry of Home Affairs will be appointing a nodal officer so that Kashmiris can address their grievances.
Below are the highlights from the conference:
- I had meetings with more than 20 delegations here, all want peace in Kashmir
- The dialogue with all parties has been constructive so far. I have talked to around 300 people so far
- Almost all political parties have sent their delegations to Kashmir
- Whether a Kashmiri youth is or a security force personnel is killed, we all feel pain
- I have said it before also, youth in Kashmir should have pens, books and computers in their hands,not stones
- I want to appeal to all people of Kashmir to not interfere with the future of the children of Kashmir
- We have to identify those elements who are trying to mislead some of our youth in Kashmir
- Maine Mehooba ji se kaha ki All party delegation lana chahte hain hum yahan aur uske liye poori tarah tayaari ki jani chahiye
- Rest of India's future is incomplete without Kashmir
- Without the future of Kashmir, the future of India cannot exist
- Children are children. If they pick up stones, they must be counselled
- Pehle ye maana gaya tha 2010 mein, pellet gun ek aisi non lethal weapon hai jisse least damage ho sakta hai. Lekin aaj hum mehsoos kar rahe hain ki koi na koi iska ab alternate hona chahiye
- We have asked our security forces to keep a check on force used. And they are keeping a check
- Our PM has himself expressed his pain (on the #Kashmir issue)
- Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat aur Jamhooriat ke diare me hum kisi se bhi baat karne to taiyar hai
- MHA is going to appoint a nodal officer so that Kashmiris can address their grievances from anywhere in the country
- Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat aur Jamhooriat ke diare me hum kisi se bhi baat karne ko taiyar hai
The death toll in Kashmir post the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani has risen to more than 55 civilians with thousands getting injured in violent protests across the Valley. The use of pellet guns by armed security forces have been widely criticised.