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Leave Kashmir alone, answer on human rights violation in PoK: PM Modi to Pakistan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 August 2016, 18:56 IST

Soon after the All-Party meet on Kashmir chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to an end on 12 August, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed a press conference to brief the media about the government's stand on the ongoing violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh asserted that all the political parties that had gathered to meet and find a political solution to the unrest in Kashmir put forth their concerns with the right intent.

Quoting PM Modi, Rajnath Singh said, "The Prime Minister has said that the time has come for Pakistan to answer the world, on atrocities against people in Balochistan & PoK."

Rajnath Singh further informed the media that the government had decided on a development package of over Rs 80,000 crore for the overall development of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Arun Jaithley affirmed that security was on the government's priority list.

"There is no lowering of guard as far as security is concerned. Security forces will act with the utmost restraint. Curfew relaxed in several parts of J&K," Jaitley told media.

Speaking about discontinuing the usage of pellet guns, that have blinded at least 100 in Kashmir, Jaitley said that an expert committee was looking into the matter.

"Expert committee is looking into it. This is a matter in which security implications also need to be examined. It's only after the expert committee comes out with its opinion including alternate options, the government will be in a position to decide," he told the media.

The Valley has remained tensed following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by security forces in the first week on July.

First published: 12 August 2016, 18:48 IST