Indian minister claims to transform held-Kashmir in one year

Published: April 12, 2017
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Slams former chief minister of the disputed valley Farooq Abdullah for supporting the Kashmiris. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Slams former chief minister of the disputed valley Farooq Abdullah for supporting the Kashmiris. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

MUMBAI: Despite recent bloodshed during the Indian by-polls in occupied-Kashmir that killed at least 12 Kashmiris, India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed on Tuesday that there will be a “transformed” Kashmir in a year, The India Express reported.

“You will see a transformed Kashmir in a year. No matter how the change occurs, one thing is certain, that there will be a change in Kashmir in a year’s time,” he asserted during an event in Mumbai.

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Indian forces on Monday killed at least four Kashmiri youth during a military operation in the Keran area of Kupwara district, reported Radio Pakistan.

Curfew-like curbs were also imposed on the movement of people across several parts of the Himalayan region to ensure the Indian by-polls were conducted successfully.

Singh also slammed the former chief minister of the disputed valley Farooq Abdullah for supporting the stone-pelting Kashmiri protesters.

He had warned India that it was “losing Kashmir” and had said the Kashmiris were fighting for the resolution of the issue as per the wishes of its people.

Abdullah also criticised the Indian government for its failure to maintain law and order. The National Conference (NC) President is also contesting the Srinagar seat.

Clashes between youth and Indian forces take Kashmiri death toll to 12

Kashmir has been a disputed region between Pakistan and India since independence from Britain in 1947. Two of three wars have been fought over the valley.

Indian-held Kashmir witnessed deadly protests in 2016, after a popular separatist leader, Burhan Wani, was killed by Indian forces. Last September, tension escalated when at least 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an assault on an army camp in Kashmir, an attack India blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

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  • PrakashG
    Apr 12, 2017 - 2:29PM

    That’s what the youth of Kashmir needs, hope for a better future. Kashmir was a peaceful and prosperous place before Pakistan radicalized its young generation in an attempt to turn it into another Afghanistan, and pushed the entire Kashmiri population into suffering and despair. Recommend

  • Whats in th name
    Apr 12, 2017 - 3:48PM

    @prakashG – Please try telling that to the kids who lost their eyes by indiscriminate pallet gun firing bu Inidan Occupied Troops. See if they agree with you! Indians are do delusional- its not even funny anymore!Recommend

  • Prespective
    Apr 13, 2017 - 4:41PM

    @PrakashG:
    The youth of Kashmir do needs hope for a better future but its not achievable under Indian occupation. Each days Kashmirs are discriminated by religion, race…etc. The whole world knows Indians intentions and its barbaric acts against Kashmir. And am not surprised by your mentality its fact that every single Indian is brainwashed by media madrasah but weather you like or not Kashmir will be given its right of self determination under UN charterRecommend

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