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Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be, forces can cross border to protect India’s territorial integrity. The recent statement by the Minister is upping the ante between the two South Asian nuclear powers already embroiled in diplomatic tensions and border artillery duels.

“Kashmir is, was and will always be ours. No one can take it from us,” Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit. He praised the Indian army for its valor to secure the country and warned Pakistan, stating “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 said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists. “Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.”

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian forces in 2018 have carried out more than 400 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the deaths of 19 innocent civilians and injuries to 69 others.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest elections,” he said. The Union Minister said the Indian government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former intelligence bureau chief, who is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

He claimed that despite Pakistan’s best efforts, Kashmir would never be separated from India. “Kashmir was with India, Kashmir is with India and Kashmir will remain with India forever,” he said. Singh said Kashmir’s children were like his own and he would not allow anyone to radicalize them.

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“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,” he said. The minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Following Singh’s request, the Jammu and Kashmir government had withdrawn cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders. “We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said. Rajnath’s statements come amidst a flurry of allegations by both sides, accusing each other of harassing diplomats in their respective capitals.

New Delhi accuses Pakistan of having carried out an equivalent campaign of harassment against its own diplomats posted in Islamabad, alleging that Pakistani spy agency personnel entered the embassy’s residential compound.

Earlier this week, Pakistan said at least three of its diplomats had been harassed in New Delhi, and several of their children had been intimidated and threatened on their way home from school. The statement states that the “deliberate bullying” is not confined to a single isolated event, but continues unabated in a series of incidents targeting the families of the officers.

According to the statement, a car carrying school-going children of Pakistan’s counselor was followed by “unknown persons on cars and motorcycles”. Moreover, the vehicle was blocked and videos and photographs of the children were constantly made for 40 minutes.

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Alongside, the drivers of the high commission were forcibly halted and their mobile phones aggressively switched off to prevent them from contacting anyone. In another incident, the vehicle of another senior counselor was forcefully stopped by an unknown individual who then disembarked and took pictures of the counselor. The unknown individual did not let the senior counselor’s vehicle pass obstructing his vehicle, turning a ten-minute journey home into a 90-minute ordeal.

Tuesday’s incidents are not the first, rather, a continuing trend that started last week on Wednesday when a senior diplomat’s vehicle was stopped and damaged. The following day the Deputy High Commissioners’ vehicle was chased by unknown individuals in a car and on a motorbike, who dragged the driver out of the car and hurled abuses at him.

Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be, forces can cross border to protect India’s territorial integrity.

New Delhi accuses Pakistan of having carried out an equivalent campaign of harassment against its own diplomats posted in Islamabad, alleging that Pakistani spy agency personnel entered the embassy’s residential compound. Among the accusations by India are “ringing the doorbell at 3 am”.

Another serious aspect is the escalation of firing through artillery along the LoC. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian forces in 2018 have carried out more than 400 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, resulting in the deaths of 19 innocent civilians and injuries to 69 others. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violations.

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Rajnath has aluded to a “Surgical Strike” style operation that it claimed to have carried out last year. However, Pakistan as well as the UN has denied any such event as occurring. Many analysts point to such statements from the Indian government as resulting from domestic pressures. Mostly the Indian leadership indulges in such hostility in order to deviate local attention.

There is a stark need for both sides to deescalate the tensions.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We are not and we will not be astonished over the hawkish and extremely provocative statements of a mad man called Rajnath Singh who happens to be the Indian Union Home Minister. He is fond of issuing threats and taking chauvinistic stances on lies, wishful thinking and historical blunders. He appears to be a strong believer in fanaticism and promotes fantasies based upon his fanatic thinking.
    Whether he and his followers believe it or not, Kashmir was never and is never going to be a part (Attoot Ang) of India and whatever, he has stated on the subject negates the UN resolution and the basic right of millions of people wishing independence from foreign occupied forces. His threatening postures to cross the border or carrying out of surgical strikes is a blatant threat to Pakistan & Pakistanis. His statement has two pronged affects …. firstly he is telling the world that his country was a big military power and has a right to subjugate it’s smaller neighbors and secondly he trying to justify his government’s illegitimate stand on the Kashmir issue just telling that whatever, he says is correct and should be followed.
    To believe in the wrong notion and convincing others to believe that Kashmir was an integral part of India can only be attributed to be a dream emanating form a wishful thinking. Now there is no restriction on the power of dreaming for anyone. One can carry on with his wishful thinking and day dreaming for an indefinite period. But this cannot prevent the truth from coming to surface and the fact is that Kashmir has been occupied by the use of force against the free will of Kashmiris who are putting up a historical resistance at their own.
    Aiding of terrorists and sponsoring of terrorism are the two things that Pakistan or Pakistanis cant even think rather it is the expertise of our neighbors on the eastern front who are involved in this heinous business for the last many years. So it is their game and the world knows it. The honorable Minister is also issuing Sermons about Jihad telling his audience as to what does Jihad stand for. Thank you, Mr. Minister for giving us your candid opinion but for your good it is advisable to read Quran and books on Hadith so as to clear your misconceptions. If at all the Kaqshmiris wanted to live with India then why the young teenagers are pelting stones on occupied forces?
    Let us initiate bilateral talks, let us open our hearts to each other and engage in a meaningful dialogue. Let us talk about promoting peace, harmony and tranquility in the Region. Stop all rubbish in our statements and start deliberations paving the way for establishing peace and friendship in this part of the world. The sinister moves of destabilizing smaller neighbors and forcing hegemony on them should be stopped forthwith. let bus not play the games of others who want to arrange blood baths in Asia.

  2. We are not and we will not be astonished over the hawkish and extremely provocative statements of a mad man called Rajnath Singh who happens to be the Indian Union Home Minister. He is fond of issuing threats and taking chauvinistic stances on lies, wishful thinking and historical blunders. He appears to be a strong believer in fanaticism and promotes fantasies based upon his fanatic thinking.
    Whether he and his followers believe it or not, Kashmir was never and is never going to be a part (Attoot Ang) of India and whatever, he has stated on the subject negates the UN resolutions and the basic right of millions of people wishing independence from foreign occupied forces. His threatening postures to cross the border or carrying out of surgical strikes is a blatant threat to Pakistan & Pakistanis. His statement has two pronged affects …. firstly, he is telling the world that his country was a big military power and has a right of might to subjugate it’s smaller neighbors and secondly, he is trying to justify his government’s illegitimate stand on the Kashmir issue just telling that whatever, he says is correct and should be followed.
    To believe in the wrong notion and convincing others to believe that Kashmir was an integral part of India can only be attributed to be a dream emanating form a wishful thinking. Now there is no restriction on the power of dreaming for anyone. One can carry on with his wishful thinking and day dreaming for an indefinite period. But this cannot prevent the truth from coming to surface and the fact is that Kashmir has been occupied by the use of force against the free will of Kashmiris who are putting up a historical resistance at their own.
    Aiding of terrorists and sponsoring of terrorism are the two things that Pakistan or Pakistanis cant even think rather it is the proven expertise of our neighbors on the eastern front who are involved in this heinous business for the last many years. So, it is their game and the world knows it in view of the available proofs.
    The honorable Minister is also issuing Sermons about Jihad telling his audience as to what does Jihad stand for. Thank you, Mr. Minister for giving us your candid opinion but for your good, it is advisable to read Quran and books on Hadith so as to clear your misconceptions. If at all the Kashmiris wanted to live with India then why the young teenagers are pelting stones on occupied forces?
    Let bygones be bygones and start looking on historical issues afresh with greater objectives. The wrongs have to corrected and for this the leaders on both sides have to deal the situation
    Let us initiate bilateral talks, let us open our hearts to each other and engage in a meaningful dialogue. Let us talk about promoting peace, harmony and tranquility in the Region. Stop all rubbish in our statements and start deliberations paving the way for establishing peace and friendship in this part of the world. The sinister moves of destabilizing smaller neighbors and forcing hegemony on them should be stopped forthwith. It should also be remembered that we are not wearing bangles in our hands and we are not the ones to offer other side of the face to receive another slap. We believe in the principle Nip the Evil in the Bud. So let us not play the games of others who want to arrange blood baths in Asia.

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