Jammu, Jul 29: Asserting that the tricolour is sacrosanct to all Indians, Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh today stated that the flag will fly high in the Valley as much as it does in any other state.
“I do not think I need to respond to a comment made by anybody and I am not sure what has been said but as far as we are concerned, the Tricolour is sacrosanct to us. It will fly high in Jammu and Kashmir as much as it does in any other state of the Indian Union,” Dr Singh here told reporters.
The Union Minister’s remarks came against the backdrop of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s yesterday’s remarks that any tinkering with the special status granted to the state will have serious ramifications and there will be no one to hold the tricolour.
“J&K is as much as part of Indian union as other states. And if at all as much as we are concerned there is also an official stand which was unanimously adopted in 1994 through a ‘Parliamentary resolution’ ,” he added.
He further said, “if at all there is an issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir is only that how to retrieve the part of Jammu and Kashmir which remained under illegal occupation of Pakistan even after the 70 yrs of partition.”
“Therefore to retrieve that and to restore the integrity- the territorial integrity of Jammu and Kashmir to the same format as it was handed over to India at the time of accession by the then Maharajha Hari Singh,” said Dr Singh.
On detention of separatists by National Investigation Agency (NIA), Dr Singh said, “I am not qualified to respond for this as law of land takes it course and all of us must respect it and allow these agencies to do their job to the best of their wisdom and discretion.”
On Zakir Musa’s claims about al-Qaeeda in Kashmir valley, Dr Singh said, “I think the Kashmir today and India today are much more awakened than ever before and are capable of facing any challenge.”
“And the greatest assets today is the common masses particularly the youth of Kashmir who now is joining mainstream India and to be the part of development journey of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said the Union MoS.
Islamist terror group al-Qaeda had on Thursday officially announced the establishment of its unit in Jammu and Kashmir, naming former Hizbul Mujahideen militant Zakir Musa as its chief in the troubled state.
The announcement was made by the Global Islamic Media Front, the media wing of al-Qaeda and its allied jihadist groups across the world.
“I think Kashmir today and India today is much more awakened than ever before. India is capable of meeting any challenge,” Minister of State in the PMO Singh said here while responding to a question on al-Qaeda’s new cell in Kashmir.
He said the greatest assets are the common masses of Kashmir particularly the youth of the valley, who are ready to join mainstream India and want to be part of the developmental journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The youth of Kashmir is very well connected globally. He (youth of Kashmir) is aware about the enormous opportunities available to him in the rest of the country in last 2-3 years,” Singh said.
He said “that is why, you have seen 30 young boys and girls of Kashmir qualified for the IITS and IIMs. We have Kashmiri boys qualifying and topping in civil service exams. They are aware about the opportunities available to them in central government”.
“They (youth of Kashmir) are keen to avail the opportunities made available to them and they are keen to do it regardless of what is being fed to them (by separatists),” he said while ruling out the youth getting influenced by terror.
“It is only the wheel of fear that is preventing them and very soon, when the militancy is down and out, Kashmiri youth will look forward to a giant leap in the country,” he said.