News India condemned Peshawar terror attack but Burhan Wani was killed and Pakistan is observing ‘black day’: M. J. Akbar

India condemned Peshawar terror attack but Burhan Wani was killed and Pakistan is observing ‘black day’: M. J. Akbar

India condemned Peshawar terror attack but Burhan Wani was killed and Pakistan is observing ‘black day’: M. J. Akbar


By Cobrapost.com - July 21, 2016


“If Pakistan feels that it will keep playing with terrorism and use it as a tool against India, then we can tackle the challenge. But they won’t be able to tackle it. You (Pakistan) are committing suicide,” Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said in the Lok Sabha making a brief intervention during the debate on the situation in the Kashmir valley. “When children were killed in Peshawar terror attack, India had unequivocally condemned it. But Burhan Wani (Hizb-ul Mujahideen leader) was killed, Pakistan is observing ‘black day’,” Akbar said, adding that it was “unfortunate”.

Stressing on the importance of a comprehensive policy to resolve the Kashmir problem, the minister said, “Even I have Kashmiri connection as my mother was from that state. So all young people in Kashmir are like our own children.”

HAkbar sought to compare the existing situation in the state as “mausumi hawa (temporary)”, but also cautioned “ki yeh toofan bhi ho sakta hae (This may turn into a storm)”.

However, he said the challenge can be met by the “Kashmiriyat and insaniyat (humanity) of Kashmir” as there is inherent virtues of basic humanity in the philosophy of Kashmir.

Listen to his speech here:

Earlier initiating the discussion, Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress criticised the government’s Kashmir policy and claimed that the good work done by the previous UPA government between 2004 and 2014 has been done away with.

Scindia lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying when Kashmir was on the boil the prime minister was beating drums abroad and “failed to utter even a single word” to condemn the violence.

The Congress member said the Pakistan policy of the Modi government has turned into a “tamasha (spectacle)”.

Anurag Thakur of the BJP cautioned that while Pakistan is trying to play with fire, “we should be careful that domestic politics is not responsible to add fuel to it”. He urged the Union Home Minister to answer specifically as to who really was “behind the present unrest” in the Valley. “If Pakistan is doing all this, we should also know what is the government going to do about it,” Thakur said.

Among others, Muzaffar Hussain Baig of the PDP, Bhagwant Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party, Kalyan Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress and Jaiprakash Narain Yadav of the RJD participated in the debate.


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