The Prime Minister on Friday stressed that the government will not compromise on terror and that Pakistan will have to answer the excesses committed on its own people.
Speaking at an all-party meeting on the unrest and violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Narendra Modi said that the main problem is “cross-border infiltration sponsored by Pakistan.”
“The Prime Minister said that the number of troublemakers who are inviting children and the youth is low,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a press conference after the all-party meeting in New Delhi.
“Over 90 hand grenades, 5,000 grenades, 90 light machine guns, 350 missile launchers and 34,000 AK-47s have been recovered in Kashmir since 1989,” he said, adding that the PM has ensured that “political process in Kashmir will be encouraged democratically.”
An all-party delegation will be sent after consulting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, said Mr Singh, though that wasn’t discussed in the meeting.
“An expert committee is looking into pellet guns,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, adding that the “security implications also have to be examined.”
“Security forces have been asked to act with utmost restraint, and curfew has been relaxed,” he said. “These incidents have happened before too, but this time it has aggravated after July 8. Pellet guns have been in use since 2010.”
On talks with Hurriyat, Mr Jaitley said that the Centre will examine it as per the prevalent situation. “There will be no lowering of the guard as far as security is concerned. Terrorism and violence will be dealt with effectively,” he remarked.