Kashmir unrest: We should trust ‘wisdom’ of security forces, says Jitendra Singh

Nee Delhi:Amid the ongoing unrest in Kashmir over Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani’s killing, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the security forces engaged in anti- militancy operations in the Valley know their work well and everyone should trust their “wisdom” and “discretion”.

“It is not necessary (for me) to comment on someone’s statement. As far as we are concerned, it is our understanding that security forces should be allowed to do their work,” the minister of state in the PMO told reporters in Katra. “Security forces know their job better than all of us and we must trust their capacity, their discretion, their wisdom how to go about an anti-militancy operation,” Singh said.

Asked about the unrest in the Valley, Singh said the situation was slowly returning to normalcy.

“The state government has got the full support from the central government. With the coordinated efforts of security forces, state government and central government the situation has been brought under control,” Singh said.

Kashmir has been reeling under protests and strikes since the killing of Wani on July 8. At least 49 people have died in the ensuing violence in the Valley.

Replying to a question about holding talks with separatists, Singh said such decisions are taken only after “timely review” by concerned departments and ministries. “The decision is taken by the Home Ministry and it’s not the time to debate on such issues in public,” he said.

Commenting on the development activities underway in the state, Singh said the activities had witnessed a halt in the past 60 years but gathered pace after the Narendra Modi government took over. “To name a few, work on projects like Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway was on in full swing. When completed this project will reduce the travel time between Delhi and Katra. The prime minister is expected to inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in September,” he said.