Kashmir unrest is entirely Pakistan sponsored: HM Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Hitting hard at Pakistan for interfering into India’s internal matters, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the unrest in Kashmir, following the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, was all Pakistan sponsored.


“All that is happening (in Kashmir) is entirely sponsored by Pakistan,” Rajnath Singh said while replying to a short-duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the situation in the state.


Singh added that Pakistan contradicts its name by her actions—interfering into the internal matters and observing ‘black day’ all over their country.


Sharing information on the methods adopted in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said that the central government ordered the security forces to exercise maximum restraint while tackling the angry mobs.


"Forces were directed to use non-lethal weapons in case of violence," he said. "I told CM Mehbooba Mufti that I wanted to come and talk to people of Kashmir; I am constantly in touch with her and whatever needs to be done to stabilise the state we will do it.


"We will use force on militants and sympathy on civilians,” he added.


Earlier today, Arun Jaitley participated in a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the situation in Kashmir saying that  the battle in Kashmir was between the country and the separatists and that violence fomented from across the border will not be tolerated.


He appealed to all the parties to speak in one voice and "help restore peace" in the Valley.


"We do not want people to get hurt. The youth of the Valley have joined the civil services and they participate in the mainstream as well. In this scenario, the violence inspired from across the border will not be tolerated," Jaitley said.

With agency inputs