‘Kashmir marching on new path of development’
*Need for all nations to unite against terror
JAMMU, Oct 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the truth of last year’s Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred has been accepted by Pakistan and Kashmir has left behind all hurdles to march on the new path of development even as he called upon the need for all countries of the world, all Governments, all religions to unite against terrorism saying none can ever get welfare from terror-violence.
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He was speaking at Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district after paying tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Statue of Unity on his 145 birth anniversary.
Modi’s remarks on Pulwama attack came just two days after a Pakistan Minister admitted his country’s involvement in the worst terror attack at Pulwama and claimed credit for it.
Saying he was reminded of Pulwama attack while watching the parade of paramilitary forces today, the Prime Minister said the country can never forget the incident and the whole nation was saddened by the departure of its brave sons.
He said the truth of last year’s Pulwama terror attack has been accepted in Pakistan Parliament.
Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry had recently admitted his country’s role in the Pulwama attack during a debate in their National Assembly (Parliament).
Modi also said that when the entire nation was mourning the brave soldiers’ martyrdom in Pulwama attack, some people indulged in “dirty politics” for their political gains.
“The country cannot forget the unwarranted statements made after the Pulwama attack. Dirty politics laced with selfishness and arrogance was at its peak when the country was suffering from immense pain,” Modi said.
“But the real face of such people has been exposed after the truth was accepted in the Parliament of our neighbouring country,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he remained silent despite all the “accusations and filthy words” used against him after the Pulwama terror attack.
“Politics done after Pulwama attack shows that people can cross any limit for their political gains. I want to urge such political parties not to indulge in this kind of politics as it affects the morale of our security forces,” he said.
“For your political gains, you should not play into the hands of anti-national forces, knowingly or unknowingly,” he added.
India understands the pain of terror victims very well, as terrorism has taken lives of thousands of Indian soldiers and citizens over the years, he added.
On the issue of securing borders, Modi said the country’s soldiers now have the capability to give a befitting reply to the enemies.
“Aaj Bharat ki bhoomi par nazar gadane walo ko muh tod jawab mil raha hai (Today those eyeing to grab our land are getting a befitting reply),” Modi said without naming China.
“India is building hundreds of kilometers of roads, bridges and tunnels near our borders. The country is committed and well-prepared to protect its honour and sovereignty,” he said.
Asserting that country has completed many such tasks which were considered impossible, he said amidst the difficult tasks, one year has passed on abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Had this task been assigned to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel along with other Rajas (at the time of independence), the situation wouldn’t have arisen that I had to do this,” he recalled and said he got the opportunity to finish the unfinished task of Sardar Sahib with his blessings.
“Now Kashmir has moved on a new path of development, leaving behind the obstacles that were coming in the development of Kashmir. The country is establishing new dimensions of unity,” Modi said.
Asserting that there are many challenges which India and the whole world are facing today, he said the way some people have come out in support of terrorism is a matter of global concern today and stressed upon the need for all countries of the world, all Governments and all religions, to unite against terrorism.
“A sense of peace, brotherhood and mutual respect is the true identity of humanity,” the Prime Minister said and pointed out that no one can ever get welfare from terror-violence.
He said our diversity is our existence and reminded that this unity of India is the power which keeps others on their toes. “Some forces want to make this diversity our only weakness,” he added and stressed the need to recognize such forces and remain cautious.
Remembering Sardar Patel, who united the country after the British left, Modi said, “We should always remember that the interest of the country is paramount for all of us and only it will lead us to the path of progress.”
He also remembered Maharishi Valmiki on his birth anniversary.