Civilians attacking forces at encounter sites misled by Pakistan: Rajnath

Srinagar: Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Friday accused Pakistan of destabilizing India and said “cross-border militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir egged youths to stone security forces”.

Policemen duck for cover as protestors pelt stones during clashes in Narbal. (File Photo)

“Not only the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the “militants” are trying to destabilize the whole country through their coward acts,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.

“The whole country is aware of this act of Pakistan. Our security forces are responding to them the way it is needed,” he added.

Singh’s response came after Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy raised the issue during Zero Hour.

Responding, Rajnath Singh said: “A new trend has begun in Kashmir. When our security forces go to villages in search of militants, the youths of the region start pelting stones on security forces.”

“Such stone-pelters are being misled by Pakistan-sponsored forces,” he said and added “Groups operating from Pakistan use Facebook and social media platforms to arrange these crowds,” he said.

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