Pawar asks PM Modi to address law and order issue in Kashmir

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 25 June 2017

NCP leader Sharad Pawar expressed unhappiness over the absence of a full-time defence minister. Pawar said the current situation is bad for the morale of the defence forces.

Pune: NCP chief and former union defence minister Sharad Pawar expressed concern about the situation in Kashmir and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look at cross-border terrorism and internal security seriously.

Pawar was in the city and discussed various issues with the media. Pawar said the law and order situation in Kashmir is worsening day by day and it is an issue of concern for all Indians. Earlier, lawlessness was limited only to border areas, but now the incidents are all over.

“There is a need to tighten internal security. It is national issue and opposition parties also do not want to play politics on the Kashmir issue. All the opposition parties, including the Congress, are ready to support the Central government in handling the Kashmir situation,” he said.
During the election campaign, Modi claimed he would give ‘an answer to Pakistan’. Pawar said he did not expect any such action from the prime minister, but at least the Kashmir issue should be handled properly. Pawar added that it is worrisome that the situation is worst in the heart of Srinagar. 

‘Why no Defence Minister yet?’
NCP leader Sharad Pawar expressed unhappiness over the absence of a full-time defence minister. Pawar said the current situation is bad for the morale of the defence forces. The prime minister has too much workload and he cannot do everything himself, Pawar said.

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