Modi calls for end to month-long Kashmir violence
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. –