Rajnath hits out at Pak for J&K unrest
“Today, I don’t feel hesitant in saying that Pakistan is continuously trying to create unrest in Kashmir. It wants to destroy it and derail peace in the Valley,” he said here while addressing a Tiranga rally.
“Recently, I went to Pakistan and you all know our neighbouring country’s misdeeds. I don’t want to repeat what happened over there but would like to say that I did not let India’s pride go down there. I said one country’s terrorist cannot be the hero of another,” he said.
“I want to tell the people of Kashmir that we not only love the land of Kashmir but also its people. I would like to appeal to the Kashmiris that we do not want to see stones, bricks and firearms in their hands but pen, computers and jobs. We want to see you employed,” Singh said.
He said that a violent protest cannot be a solution to a particular issue. There should be peace at first then issues can be resolved through talks.
“Some people are trying to create hatred among Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Parsis by following the divide and rule trick adopted by British rulers but they have been failed miserably. No one can divide the people of India,” Singh said.
He said if people want to make India a great nation, then all residents regardless of their community, race or religion will have to contribute and go ahead together. “British rulers tried to divide communities on religious lines but their malicious attempts were thwarted by the friendship of freedom fighters Ashfaqullah Khan and Ramprasad Bismil,” he said.
“India’s Muslims know that India is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 sects are found. No other nation, not even Muslim countries have all the 72 sects of Islam. Christianity’s all sects are found only in India,” he said.
According to Singh, whenever China or Pakistan tried to show aggression at the borders in the past, “our people stood united and challenged them”.
Singh paid floral tributes to freedom fighters Khan, Bismil and Thakur Roshan Singh and visited their memorial in the city’s Ramprasad Bismil park in the presence of Shahjahanpur MP Krishna Raj and local BJP leaders along with hundreds of people.
He laid wreaths at the statues of the three freedom fighters who belonged to Shahjahanpur and laid their lives in India’s freedom struggle.
Terror alert in Pathankot, Gurdaspur
A terror alert has been sounded in border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot after a call from Pakistan was intercepted by security agencies suggesting movement of some suspects.
Security was strengthened in Pathankot and Gurdaspur especially Batala town with police along with army and BSF conducting massive checking operation, police said on Saturday.
Terrorists who had sneaked from across the border had attacked Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1-2 while Dinanagar in Gurdaspur was targeted on July 27 last year.
"Security agencies intercepted a call from Pakistan on Friday evening in which callers were heard saying about movement of suspects in a truck to Pathankot or Dinanangar in (Gurdaspur)," police said. After receiving the input, Punjab police conducted massive search operations late last night comprising 400 security people including Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and BSF personnel.
Truckers on indefinite strike
The transport organisations, ferrying essential supplies in Jammu and Kashmir, on Satrurday began an “indefinite strike” and halted supply of commodities in the state including to security forces alleging attacks on their trucks in the Valley. “From today onwards we have decided to proceed on an indefinite strike across the state,” President of All Jammu and Kashmir Truck Drivers and Conductors Union, Kharudin Wani, said.
The All Jammu and Kashmir Oil Tankers Association too has decided to call for an indefinite strike, stating that 14 oil tankers were attacked and damaged in Kashmir.
The Transport association has also decided to stop supply to the security establishments including Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh region. The strike would threaten oil supplies to the Siachen glacier.