Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was rapidly returning to normal as three-decade-long terrorism was in its final stages. He interacted with reporters in the Kathua district alongside a function and said that the killing of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat by terrorists in the valley’s Budgam district could not be justified.
“It is a great loss and the void caused by his resignation can not be filled,” said the Union Minister, adding that the administration will note the missing links and will address any shortcomings in coordination between different agencies. The Foreign Minister in the PMO said that adequate support was available for Jammu and Kashmir’s administration from the central government, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We were in Srinagar and witnessed the tourism boom. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is rapidly returning to normal, but there are some people and elements who believe that their policies will be affected and therefore they take such action, directly or indirectly.” , Singh claimed. He said politicians had made statements in the past two days about killing Bhat but had not once mentioned Pakistan or the terrorists responsible.
“Those who hesitate to call a terrorist, a terrorist should not talk about high moral grounds … That means they are deceiving themselves as well as the public,” the minister said. He said that it took courage to proclaim terrorism and that “this is the strength of our society. I am sure this is the last phase of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.” Asked about the security arrangements for the future Amarnath Yatra, Singh said that the Union Ministry of the Interior is investigating the plans with Jammu and Kashmir’s administration.
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