Pakistan patronising militancy in Kashmir: Rajnath

Pakistan patronising militancy in Kashmir: Rajnath

Odisha, Feb 17: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday castigated Pakistan, accusing it of engineering the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.
He claimed that the neighbouring country backed the attack after finding out that the militants have become frustrated in the wake of the successful operations by the Indian forces in the past five years.
“Pakistan, which has been patronising militancy, realised that frustration and desperation had grown among the militants due to successful operations against them by our security forces in five years,” Singh said at a public meeting on the outskirts of this north Odisha town.
Asserting that the security forces have been given a free hand to give a “befitting reply” to the attack, the Union home minister said the sacrifice made by the CRPF jawans would not go in vain.
Asserting that all political parties have pledged full support to the government and the defence forces, Singh said the entire nation stands behind the Army, who would certainly “teach the enemy a lesson”.
Singh was accompanied by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other BJP leaders. The Union home minister, after paying homage to the martyrs at Shaheed Stambha (martyrs’ column), said the sacrifices of the CRPF soldiers in the recent Pulwama attack would not go in vain.
“The supreme sacrifice of the jawans (in Pulwama) will not go in vain,” he told reporters.
Singh had earlier also held a security review meeting after an all-party meeting where he conveyed the resolution adopted by the political delegation to the top security brass, urging them to take necessary steps to prevent any communal flare.