Pak always fish in troubled waters in J-K: Jitendra Singh
“As far as the Pakistan is concerned, it is always expected to fish in troubled waters (in Jammu and Kashmir),” Singh told reporters here.
He was replying to a question about outlawed Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed pledging full support to the Kashmiris in their “struggle for freedom” and saying he backed “jihad” in the troubled state in concert with Pakistani government and the army.
“But what is more important for us, is not what Pakistan is doing, but what we have in the mind and the clarity with which we will deal with the situation like this (violence in Kashmir),” the Union Minister said.
“Jihad is the duty of an Islamic government...there is a government in Pakistan and it has always taken the stand that it is the right of Kashmiris to attain freedom. I say what our army will do to secure the right of the Kashmiris is jihad...we extend help to Kashmiris alongside the Pakistani government... we call this jihad,” Hafiz said in a TV interview.
Hafiz was speaking on the issue of arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam by the J-K government.
Yaseen Malik, Swami Agnivesh detained
JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik and social activist Swami Agnivesh were on Saturday detained when they tried to lead a march towards Narbal in central Kashmir’s Budgam district where a youth was killed in firing by security forces during a protest.
Police took the two into preventive custody at Maisuma as they attempted to take out a march towards Narbal, where Suhail Ahmad Sofi was killed and two others were injured when security forces opened fire at demonstrators who were protesting against the killing of two youths in an army operation in Tral area of south Kashmir earlier this week.
Agnivesh had joined Malik this morning in the 30-hour hunger strike against the proposal to create separate settlements for Kashmiri migrant Pandits.
Speaking to reporters, Malik said the people of Kashmir would not allow the “division of the people” in the name of creation of separate colonies for Kashmiri migrant Pandits.
“We will not allow these colonies at any cost. We have to live together and die together,” he said.
Malik said the Pandit community should talk to the people of Kashmir rather than the government for their return.
“If Pandit brothers have any concerns, they should directly talk to us... the people of Kashmir or to the civil society here. Let them talk to us rather than the government. We want to recreate that atmosphere of peace, love and brotherhood between the communities which was here before the militancy,” he said.