NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the Modi Government has taken decisive steps against Pak sponsored terrorism and the two most recent examples are the decision of Remonetization which reduced terror transactions by over 60%, preceded by the decision of surgical strike inside the Pakistan territory.
Addressing a Round-Table Conference on the subject of “Countering Pakistan State Terror” organized by Global Counter Terrorism Council (GCTC) here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Pak sponsored terrorism in the context of Jammu & Kashmir is a cumulative effect of a series of misdoings of the past six decades beginning from the mishandling by the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He said, if only Nehru had allowed the then Home Minister, Sardar Patel to handle Jammu & Kashmir instead of himself intruding into Home Ministry’s domain, the history of Indian sub-continent would have been different.
When the Modi Government took over on 26th May 2014, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it bequeathed a huge baggage of cumulative liabilities from the past. There was a feeling of pessimism and hopelessness all over the country, but within two years, he said, not only the common man in India is feeling proud to be an Indian, but the Indians settled abroad are also looking forward for opportunity to return to their motherland. This itself is a vindication of the kind of redemption which the Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in bringing about in just two-and-a-half years, he added.
As per the reports, Dr Jitendra Singh said, following Remonetization, there is a 60% dip in terror related activities and 50% reduction in terror-related Hawala transactions being funded by Pakistan. Not only this, at least two printing press units in Pakistan which were printing Indian fake currency and pumping into India have been compelled to shut down because there are no takers for that brand currency, he added. Similarly, the incidents of stone-pelting have also gone down drastically, he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, decisions like surgical strike and Remonetization have hit the “Achilles’ heel” of Pakistan and these are some of the decisive steps which no Government in the past dared to take. He also referred to Modi Government’s stand on Baluchistan and said, for the first time, the Indian forces have had the opportunity to give befitting retaliatory response to every act of mischief of Pakistan.
Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that the Modi Government follows a policy of zero tolerance to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and will never compromise with the honor and dignity of the security forces of India or the sovereignty of the republic of India.
Among the eminent panelists at the Round-Table Conference were noted analyst Sushil Pandita, former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal, retired Vice-Chief of Army Staff Phillip Campose, the Head Imam, Imam Illiyasi and well known activist Tarek Fatah.