NC, PDP following dangerous agenda in Kashmir; says Jaitley

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JAMMU: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has came down heavily on National Conference and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saying they were on “dangerous agenda of either autonomy or pre-1953 status” and pressure from the Jamat-e-Islami was to the detriment of their anti-separatist policy. He said there were increasing instances of ‘Left Wing’ extremists actively encouraging ‘Kashmiri jihadis’ in the Valley.

In two blogs written on Facebook and uploaded on twitter, Jaitley said the PDP and the National Conference tried to form the Government together with support of the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir but today they are rivals in an election and on the “dangerous agenda” of either ‘autonomy’ or ‘pre-1953 status’ but could join hands with the ‘Gathbandhan’ of the Opposition parties.
“Jammu and Kashmir was a foremost victim of terror. People of the State are the worst sufferers. Pakistan never reconciled to Jammu and Kashmir being an integral part of India. It waged wars but lost them. It resorted to encouraging cross border insurgency and supporting domestic terrorists. The Congress had no structured plan during 10 years of UPA on how to deal with the problem.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi inherited this as a legacy issue. He experimented the conventional method of trying to soften the relationship with Pakistan in a hope that wiser sense would prevail, but Pakistan responded with Pathankot, Uri and Pulwama. He encouraged the mainstream political parties of the Valley to be a part of the national coalition in Kashmir but unfortunately the double talk of support from Delhi and the pressure from the Jamat-e-Islami were to the detriment of anti-separatists policy,” Jaitley wrote in an apparent reference towards the PDP and National Conference.
Jaitley said by two actions (surgical strikes in 2016 and air raids on Pakistan on February 26, 2019), the Prime Minister has evolved India’s internal security doctrine.