Defence minister Rajnath Singh asserted has asserted that the Kashmir issue will be resolved and no power on the earth can stop it. Singh, who was in Jammu and Kashmir to commemorate the 20th anniversary of “Operation Vijay” during the Kargil War, said last evening that Kashmir was in his heart and the government wanted it to become not only paradise of India but tourist paradise of the world.
Stressing that creation of infrastructure is imperative for the development of any region, state or country, he said India is moving fast on every front and in the next decade or so it will become one of the top three economies in the world, replacing US, Russia or China.
The defence minister inaugurated two strategically important bridges in Kathua and Samba districts of the state that will help in smooth mobility of security forces in the border areas. Inaugurating the bridge over the Ujh river in Kathua, he said, “Kashmir ki samasya ka hal ho key raheyga, duniya ki koi taqat nahi rook shakti hai (Resolution of Kashmir issue is bound to happen and no power on earth can stop it).” “If not through talks, then we know how,” he added.
He asked the people to have faith in him and added “whatever I say, I say with full responsibility”. “As home minister, I tried and expressed readiness for talks with them to address the issue. I told the state leaders to initiate the steps (for talks) and they did while I deputed some national leaders…But there was no response,” he said. Singh was the Union home minister in the previous government.
Taking a dig at separatist leaders, the defence minister said those parroting ‘Azadi Azadi’ (freedom) have failed to tell the youth of Kashmir what type of Azadi they want. “Which country’s example they have before them. Would they desire Pakistan-type Azadi?” he asked and said “such type of Azadi will not be acceptable to anyone”.
“Terrorists, who made Kashmir a hell, have been contained to an extent successfully by force. People say Kashmir is a paradise. Jammu and Kashmir together can be made a paradise again,” he said. Lauding the Army, police and other security forces, Singh said the officers and jawans were performing their duties very well and “they will succeed”.