Islamic State unable to gain foothold in the country

Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister said that after the Indian Army's surgical strike against terror hideouts in Pak Occupied Kashmir (POK) past year in September, infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has come down by nearly 50%.

"We will end Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure peace", the home minister said. Both sides would have to take initiative for this to happen, he said.

'NIA is an autonomous investigating body, doing what they are doing, don't want to comment on that, ' said Singh.

"What dream do the (separatists) cherish on the basis of such a Pakistan (that can not handle its problems), I can not understand", he said, before blaming the separatists of deceiving the youth for their personal benefit.

On Pakistan attacking civilian areas along the LoC, Singh, who represents Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, said that the neighbouring country has a "very poor" human rights record and is even violating them on its soil like in Balochistan province. He said that the Indian government was "sincerely" working towards a "permanent" solution to the Kashmir problem.

"There is no doubt, no confusion that Pakistan is fomenting terror in Kashmir".

The 65-year-old minister had in April expressed unhappiness over delay in start of another function apparently because of late arrival of some senior bureaucrats and police officers.

This is the second time that the home minister has spoken about a government plan to find a permanent solution to the conflict in Kashmir, which is battling decades of a violent separatist campaign, in the last few weeks. "We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS", the home minister said.

The government does not want to see stones in the hands of Kashmir youth, it would rather want them to make use of their talents, he said.

"Besides, the government has extended its skill development scheme to 13 new districts in 2016 to provide employment to the youth residing there". "Their back-bone has been broken", he mentioned about the situation in northeast.

"I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large [Muslim] population, IS has not been able to set foot in India", he said. He said 90 ISIS sympathisers had been arrested across the country. He also said three years of NDA government had seen a 42 per cent reduction in deaths in Naxal attacks as compared to last three years of the UPA.

The Home Minister assured that the security condition in the country was under control.

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