Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Tonk area on Saturday, spoke on the incidents of assault on Kashmiri students that have been surfacing in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that took place in J&K's Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in a suicide bombing led by Pakistan-backed terror outfit JeM on February 14.
While speaking in the matter, he went on to condemn the attacks and assault on the Kashmiri students in various parts of the country, saying that India's fight is against terrorism and not against Kashmiris.
"Hamari ladai aatankvaad ke kheelaf hai, manavta ke dushmano ke kheelaf hai. Hamari ladai Kashmir ke liye hai, Kashmir ke kheelaf nhi h. Kashmirio ke kheelaf nhi h. Pichle dino kaha kya hua, ghatna choti thi ya badi thi, Kashmiri bachho ke sath Hindustan ke kisi kone main, kya hua kya nhi hua, mudda ye nhi hai. Is desh main aisa hona nhi chahiye. (Our fight is against terrorism, against the enemies of humanity. Our fight is for Kashmir and not against Kashmir. In the previous days, what happened, big or small, with the children of Kashmir in various parts of India, what happened is not the agenda.. the agenda is 'it should not have happened')," PM Modi said.
He later asserted on the need of the hour to tackle terrorism which is the demand of not only Indians, but of the Kashmiris as well who have been on the receiving end of the atrocities in the light of the terror attack. He added saying that while we are attacking them, they have extended a hand of support in the fight against terrorism in the country.
"Kashmir ka bachcha bachcha wo bhi in aatankvaadio se pareshaan hai. Wo bhi aatankvaad ko khatam karne ke liye hamare sath aane ke liye tayyar hai. Hame unko saath rakhna hai. (Every child of Kashmir is disturbed due to the prevailing terrorism. They also want to finish terrorism and in this fight they are ready to support us. We have keep them together with us)," he added.
Later, he cited a July 2017 terror attack on the pilgrims of Amarnath in which several people were shot dead and left wounded when terrorists fired on their buses while they were returning from the remote Himalayan shrine of Amarnath. In his address, he hailed the Kashmiris for their extensive help for the affected pilgrims during the attack.
"Aapne dekha hoga Amarnath ki Yatra, desh se lakho shradhalu jaate hai. Agar unki koi dekhbhaal karta hai to, ye mera Kashmir ka bachcha karta hai, Kashmir ke log karte hai. Ek saal purv, Amarnath Yatrio pr goli chali thi, aur aapne dekha hoga, us yatrio ki jab goliya lagi, to unko khoon dene ke liye Kashmir ke Muslim katar laga karke khade ho gaye the.. Hindustanio ki jaan bachane ke liye khade ho gaye the. Aaj bhi Kashmir main jaise Hindustan ke jawan marte hai, Shaheed hote hai, waise hi Kashmir ke laal bhi aatankwaadio k golio se shaheed hote hai. (You must have seen during the Amarnath journey, pilgrims from all walks of life visit the holy place. Who takes care of them during the journey? - it is my children of Kashmir, my people of Kashmir who takes care of them. Last year, when firing took place on the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra, then several Kashmiri Muslims flocked from different areas to donate blood for them... to save the lives of the people of India. Even today, whenever a soldier is martyred on Kashmir soil, the people of Kashmir are also martyred from the bullets of the terrorists)."
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of 11 states to take "prompt" action to prevent incidents of "threat, assault and social boycott" of Kashmiris, including students, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah welcomed the Supreme Court directive.