Modi calls for end to month-long Kashmir vi­o­lence

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA’S Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi called for an end to the vi­o­lence in Kashmir, promis­ing jobs for young peo­ple in the trou­bled state, in his first comments since deadly clashes be­gan over a month ago.

Much of In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kashmir has been un­der a cur­few since protests broke out over the death on July 8 of a pop­u­lar young rebel leader in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces.

More than 50 civil­ians have been killed in clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice and troops and thou­sands more in­jured in the worst vi­o­lence to hit the restive Hi­malayan re­gion since 2010.

“We want to create jobs and em­ploy­ment for the youth of Kashmir. The en­tire coun­try is with you,” Mr Modi said on Au­gust 9.

The prime minister has faced crit­i­cism for fail­ing to speak out about the un­rest, which has abated but shows no signs of end­ing. Two po­lice of­fi­cers have also been killed.

“Peace, unity and har­mony in Kashmir is every­one’s pri­or­ity,” Mr Modi said in a speech broad­cast on tele­vi­sion, blam­ing “a few mis­guided peo­ple” for the vi­o­lence. –

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