Centre has given chance to ‘misguided youth’ to shun violence: J&K BJP chief

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Jammu, May 17: Asserting that the suspension of counter militancy operation, announced in the month of Ramadhan is not unilateral but conditional, newly appointed Jammu and Kashmir BJP Chief Ravinder Raina on Thursday asked the ‘misguided youth’ of Kashmir that the Centre has given them an opportunity to shun violence and join mainstream.
“I want to make it clear that it is not unilateral but a conditional suspension of counter militancy operations announced by the Centre in J&K,” Raina told reporters at the sidelines of a function organized by the state BJP on his arrival.
The state BJP head also asked the Hizb-ul-Mujaheedin chief Syed Salahudin to join the mainstream instead of roaming in Pakistan and parts of the World. “He should contest elections and take part in a democratic set up. Why are you misleading youth of Kashmir and handing over guns to them,” said Raina.
“The Union Government has given chance to those who are indulging in anti-social activities especially in the Kashmir valley, to shun violence and join mainstream,” said the new BJP head.
He said that when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, he also announced similar measures during Ramadhan and asked militant outfits to be part of dialogue, adding, “It is a chance given by the Centre and I want that the misled youth must avail this policy of the Centre, shun violence, leave guns and join the mainstream to live a peaceful life.”
Raina, however, said, “We will not first open the fire but if the militants does, the guns of our jawans including Army, para-military forces and police will not remain silent.”
“Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, when visited Nowshera along the Line of Control as Pakistan heavily fired in forward villages, had made it clear that India would not fire first but if Pakistan wouldn’t stop, befitting reply to be given to them by forces,” added Raina.,
Raina thanked the state leadership and the party high command for reposing faith in him and asserted that he will try his best to fulfill the aspirations of the people of all the three regions Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
“The people of Jammu, popularly known as Dogra belt, is nationalist and many people have sacrificed their lives for the country while serving in forces and they are our pride,” he said.