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On Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi Warns Those 'Instigating Trouble' In Kashmir


Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent another warning to the people "instigating the youth in Kashmir" saying they have to answer to them as well. Underscoring the need for unity at such times on his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said "All parties are united on Kashmir. They sent a message to the world, to the separatists and reached out to the people of Kashmir."

Equating it with the passing of the GST bill in the assembly, PM Modi said, "It is the view of all of us, of 125 crore people from a pradhan of a village to the Prime Minister, that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, that loss is ours".

The Prime Minister further said "Ekta" (unity) and "Mamata" (love) could be the twin mantras for addressing the Kashmir problem. "From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged, which can be put in simple words as Ekta' and Mamata. These two things were the basic mantra."

The Prime Minister's message to trouble-makers in the state - on a platform for positive messages -- comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped up the offensive on Kashmir, nominating 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to be despatched to world capitals to highlight the issue.

India has accused Pakistan of fueling the unrest in Kashmir, where nearly 70 people have died and 5,000 have been injured since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Investigators say around Rs. 24 crore has been pumped into the Valley - much of it routed through functionaries of pro-Pakistan separatist groups. Around 10 bank accounts in the state are under investigation of the National Investigative Agency or NIA, for possible funding of terrorist activities and unrest, top sources have told Media.

On Independence Day, PM Modi, in a break from tradition, mentioned Pakistan's atrocities in Balochistan, its restive southwestern province. India has also turned down Pakistan's offers for talks on Kashmir, saying it was open to discussing cross-border infiltration and terrorism - which was much more "relevant".

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