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Nation wants to see pen, computers in hands of Kashmir youth, not stones and firearms: Rajnath

Updated: Aug 20, 2016 15:18 IST

Shahjahanpur (UP), Aug 20 (ANI): In an attempt to reach out to the youth of Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday insisted that India wants to see pens and computers in their hands and not stones and firearms.

Addressing a gathering here as a part of the 70th Independence Day celebrations 'Yaad Karo Qurbani' to pay tribute to freedom fighters, Singh said, "The people of this country want to see pens and computers in the hands of Kashmiri youth and not stones and firearms. We want to see employment in your hand. We want to see you working hard."

"There can be no solution by protests. We first want that peace is established in the valley and only after that we can mutually find a solution. The people of this country not only love the land of Kashmir but the Kashmiri people as well," he added.

The Union Home Minister once again trained his guns at Pakistan, saying it has constantly been trying to create unrest in the Kashmir valley.

"I don't have any doubt in saying that Pakistan wants our Kashmir to be divided into pieces. It has been regularly trying to un-stablise the conditions there," he said.

Recalling his recent visit to Islamabad, where he attended the SAARC Home Ministers' meet, Singh said, "Recently I went to Pakistan. I said in straight-forward words that a terrorist is a terrorist and he/she cannot be glorified."

Earlier on Thursday, the Union Home Minister had reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the unrest in valley continued unabated for more than one month.

During the hour-long meeting, Singh took stock of the situation in Kashmir valley. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Kashmir valley has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

As many as 65 people, including two police personnel, have been killed and several thousand injured in the clashes. (ANI)