Srinagar, August 25 : The Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh today addressed a joint press conference along with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti in which he addressed some of the burning issues confronting Kashmir today. The unrest in Jammu and Kashmiris now on it’s 48th day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today. One of the major causes for which the government has received immense flak is the use of pellet guns by security forces. Though earlier considered non lethal, pellet guns have caused immense damage to the eye sight of scores when used for crowd control. Also Read - Encounters Break Out in Kulgam, Anantnag Day After J&K Police Gun Down 7 Terrorists
Rajnath Singh addressed the issue and said that an alternative to pellet guns would be proposed within a few days. Rajnath Singh has assured that an expert committee which was set up by the Home Ministry to look for an alternative to pellet guns was expected to give its report in two or three days.The Home Minister said that as promised during his last visit, he had constituted an expert committee to look into the matter of the use of pellet guns . Rajnath Singh said, “It is just one month and report of that committee will come within two-three days. Within few days, we will give an alternative to pellet guns.“In 2010, it was said pellet gun is a non lethal weapon which can cause least damage but now we feel that there should be some alternate to this,” he said. (ALSO READ : Jammu and Kashmir: 1 jawan injured as Army troops foil infiltration bid along LoC in Tangdhar ) Also Read - Fresh Snowfall In Gulmarg Makes For Splendid View | Watch
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti held the joint press conference in Srinagar so as to address the various issues of unrest in Kashmir. Both the leaders had to address some very difficult questions. Mehbooba Mufti started off the conference by stating that 95% of the people the state of Jammu and Kashmir do not want violence , instead they want peace. Also Read - Monday Motivation: Engineers Attempt 5.3 Metre Metal Fit To Complete Chenab Arch in Most Treacherous Terrain
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke on the issue and said that having met with more than 300 people during his visit, he was sure that they all wanted peace. Rajnath Singh said, “I had meetings with more than 20 delegations here,all want peace in Kashmir. I had meetings with more than 20 delegations here,all want peace in Kashmir. I have met about 300 people during my visit. I had said before coming I will meet anyone who wants to talk.”
Rajnath Singh also said that there were elements in the society of Jammu and Kashmir who were trying to mislead the youth. He said that the solution was that the youth of kashmir be equipped with pens, books and computers. Rajnath Singh said, “I have said it before also, youth in Kashmir should have pens,books and computers in their hands,not stones.We have to identify those elements who are trying to mislead some of our youth in Kashmir: HM Rajnath Singh.”Singh then added, “Our youth are used by some elements as shields to attack Army camps, they want our children to suffer:”
Some of the other key takeaways from the joint press conference were Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s announcement that Centre was to soon appoint a Nodal officer to help Kashmiris in distress living anywhere in the country and that the Centre was ready to meet Separatists and discuss the issues of jammu and kashmir in the name of Humanity and Democracy.