Vastavam web: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has strongly defended the Modi government’s Kashmir policy, saying the Kashmir issue has been a “very old” one and a major challenge for all governments and will take time to be resolved.He also said the BJP “did its best” and tried everything to bring peace and development to the valley.Singh made these comments in an interview to ‘The Week’ magazine following the BJP’s decision yesterday to withdraw its support to the PDP-led government. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had resigned subsequently and the state was today brought under the governor’s rule.
“But, we should not draw comparisons. She (Mehbooba Mufti) also tried, but it can be a matter of assessment of how successful she has been. The Kashmir problem is a very old one and has been a major challenge for all governments,” he said. He said “a major factor has been the challenge of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism”.Asked if he considered the ceasefire a mistake as it turned out to be the bloodiest Eid in the valley in recent years, he said it was not true that big attacks had not happened on Eid in the past.
He added that security forces were never stopped from neutralising the terrorists, who were infiltrating from Pakistan, and the government did not call it a ceasefire. It was suspension of operations for a month, he said.Singh reiterated the government’s stand that it will talk to whoever is willing to talk to it. “We will even talk to Pakistan if it wants to talk to us. But Pakistan should first address the problem of terrorism emanating from its soil,” he said.