Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that Pakistan is giving legitimacy to “UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”
He also said that no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if required, forces are capable of crossing the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.
“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always,” Singh said, while addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit in the national capital, the Indian Express reported.
The Union minister said that the government is keen on finding a permanent solution to Kashmir, which has been the bone of contention between the two countries for quite some time. “We want lasting solution to the Kashmir problem and we are open to speaking to any party,” he said.
To resolve the issue, Singh said that government-appointed interlocutor and former Intelligence Burueau chief Dineshwar Sharma has invited people from all sections for discussion. He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation. “I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam,” Singh said, adding that he has personally requested Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone pelters.
The Union minister even slammed the neighbouring country for abetting and sponsoring terrorism and said India will maintain good relations with Pakistan only if the latter stopped aiding terrorists. “Now, the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what has happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship,” he said.
While praising the Indian Army for its valour and warning Pakistan, Singh said, “We not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.” He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was successful in getting global consensus and bringing the international community together to fight terrorism.