Defence minister Arun Jaitley who is in Srinagar to review the Valley’s situation took a serious note of India Today’s expose on Pakistan’s role in choreographing anarchy in Kashmir Valley by funding Hurriyat leaders. Operation Villains of Valley videos: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Arun Jaitley said, “What was known already in informed circles has been proved by your report. It was known that they were funded from across the border to kill people, destroy public property and what your report has done is bring about confessional statements.”
“An Average citizen irrespective of political views we would like him to be on Indian side on this debate but as far as those killing people are concerned, we can’t extend the same courtesy to them. They have to be treated as insurgents”, Arun Jaitley said.
His comments coming at a time when BJP’s ally in the state PDP which had pressed for talks with ‘all stakeholders’ in the valley is re-thinking its strategy.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told India Today that now a line has to be drawn and those who want ‘to keep valley on fire’ have to be identified.
“We need to differentiate between people. Those who really want to restore peace and normalcy in the state and those who want to keep the valley on fire”, said Mehbooba Mufti to India Today.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley also met with Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar and has made it clear that there is will be zero tolerance on dealing terror agents.