India’s prime minister accused Pakistan Friday of fomenting trouble in the Kashmir valley, claiming there was enough “evidence” to prove it was fuelling unrest in the region.
Narendra Modi also promised to look into the grievances of those living there in a statement issued after meeting with national political parties to find ways of ending the ongoing violence in the troubled state.
“The root cause of unrest in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism which is being encouraged by our neighbouring country,” the right-wing Hindu nationalist premier said.
“Since the time terrorism has started in Kashmir… so many sophisticated weapons have been seized by our security forces and so many foreign terrorists gunned down… Pakistan can speak a million lies but the world will not accept these.”
Indian-occupied Kashmir has been under a curfew since protests broke out over the death last month of a popular young rebel leader – Burhan Wani – in a gunfight with Indian forces.
Many of the young men who came out onto the streets in the wake of Wani’s death threw stones at security forces, an increasingly common form of protest in India’s only Muslim-majority state.
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, which is part of an uneasy coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, has come under fire for failing to curb the deadly protests. -AFP