Our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris, says Modi

Feb 23, 2019

TONK, RAJASTHAN: Reacting for the first time to the widespread incidents of violence against Kashmiris across the country following the recent Pulwama terror attack in which 40 jawans were killed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned against such attacks on Kashmiris.

"Our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris... Kashmiris have suffered the most due to terrorism, and the rest of the country must stand in their support," he said at a rally in Rajasthan's Tonk.

Paying tribute to the CRPF jawans killed in the terror attack, Modi said at a rally that it was of utmost importance to take along the youth of Kashmir in the battle against terrorism. Kashmiris too were victims and must be protected.

Modi said, “I called Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan after he was elected as part of protocol and told him that we have fought enough but now we should fight a united battle against poverty and illiteracy. He said to me that he was son of a Pathan and will stand by his words. Today, it is time to test if he will stand by his words."

The Supreme Court on Friday had asked the States to take "prompt action" to prevent these incidents of violence against Kashmiris.

There have been several reports of Kashmiris being harassed in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah responded to the Prime Minister's call posting on the Twitter: It’s been more than a week since the terrible attack in Pulwama & more than a week that Kashmiris have been bearing the brunt of the public anger. Perhaps finally after PM @narendramodi has spoken these forces targeting Kashmiris will stop in their tracks.

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