Prime Minister Modi, announced in the all-party meeting on Friday that Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir is a part of Jammu and Kashmir. He also added that “there can’t be any compromise on national security but we have to win confidence of people” while chairing the meeting. Former PM Manmohan Singh assured “full-cooperation” by Congress party.
“It’s a matter of happiness that all parties have spoken in one voice on J&K. I’m grateful to all political parties for raising concerns with regard to prevailing situation in J&K,” PM Modi said. He also expressed his concern on the issue and said that “like every Indian” he is “deeply pained” by the recent incident in Kashmir and termed thecross-border terrorism supported by Pakistan as the root cause of turbulence in the valley.
According to news agency ANI, former prime minister Manmohan Singh assured “full-cooperation” on behalf of the Congress party on the steps taken by government to achieve. The meeting which was carried out in the wake of violence erupted after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s encounter on July 8. The opposition demanded some immediate measures like putting an end to the use of pellet guns and relaxing AFSPA in some parts of the valley. It was also suggested that an all-party delegation should visit Kashmir to assess the situation but the government did not make any specific commitments.
Earlier this week, an all-party meeting was called by Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a debate on Kashmir violence in the Rajya Sabha and another resolution was passed by Lok Sabha to adopt steps to restore normalcy in the valley.The resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said: “The House conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation. It is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security. It is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people.”