Source: News Bharati English18 Jul 2016 15:27:24

New Delhi, July 18: The Monsoon Session of Parliament begun today where a host of issues including the on-going protests in Kashmir were discussed.  Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad begun the discussion on Kashmir unrest and stated that the prevailing situation in J&K has many aspects like internal situation, role of State and Central government, and external forces. “Should locals be treated the same way we treat militants? Should same bullets that are used on militants be used on innocent people of J&K. We stand with the Government in ending militancy but we don’t support the way civilians are being treated…” he added.
In response, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley agreed with Azad that a serious situation exists in Kashmir and said that there are times when we should rise above political differences for the nation. He also stated, “Blaming measures by BJP-PDP government in Kashmir is one political thought. I don’t have time to narrate history. The political struggle in Kashmir is not between parties but between this country and separatists”.

Jaitley in his statement said that we need to stop the creation of a situation in which the youth in Kashmir sympathize with a terrorist. “How does one deal with civilians when protests turn violent and each person throws dozens of stones at the security forces? No nation can tolerate an attack on its integrity. ” “We must, in one voice, urge the youth in Kashmir to stay away from the unrest,” Jaitley said, in his remarks.

 “The kind of environment which the ruling party is creating in Kashmir has not been created by any other party. The kind of statements being made by members of the ruling party have contributed to the situation in Kashmir. Sadly, no action has been taken against them despite the House repeatedly debating these statements… Over 1800 people are injured in Kashmir.

“Thinking that everything is wrong only since the formation of the PDP-BJP government is incorrect. The truth of the situation is that efforts have been made to put hurdles in the way of the ruling party. The PDP-BJP alliance is not behind the unrest in Kashmir nor was television debates. PDP and BJP have ideological differences. The PDP-BJP alliance was dictated by election results”, Jaitley added.

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In his statement, Azad also said that governments are run on trust and faith, but people of Jammu and Kashmir have a sense of mistrust towards the current government. “I’m not saying that Kashmiri people had complete faith when Congress was in power, but there was a sense of trust in some corner.”

Slamming Pakistan for observing Black Day following violent clashes in Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the neighbour country for unrest in the valley.  Also, Jaitley said that Pakistan has never reconciled to the idea of Jammu and Kashmir being a part of India and that the neighbour country is majorly responsible for current situation in Kashmir.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Opposition and sought its cooperation in the passage of GST bill. ”The issue is not about which government would get the credit for introduction of GST but what was important is the passage of the Bill,” PM said.