Reacting to the All India Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s vow to dilute the provisions of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to reduce the alienation of the people in the troubled state of J&K, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that militants and separatists can only be dealt with a ‘hitting touch’. The ‘healing touch’, the PM said should be reserved for the civilians of the state, media reports said on Saturday.
In an interview with Times Now, the PM Modi said that BJP follows the principles of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Humanity, Democracy and Kashmiriyat – we are treading this path. “We and the country are ready for extra healing touch for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh but there can only be hitting touch for militants. We will have to make a clear demarcation that healing touch is for the citizens and hitting touch for the militants. They believe in the exact opposite of this. They want a healing touch for separatists and militants and a hitting touch for Central government. This is wrong.
“This extra healing touch is for the policemen who are dying in Kashmir, the army personnel who come home for weddings in their families and being killed – they need a healing touch. There are children who are making the country proud in sports competitions, they need a healing touch. They need an extra healing touch. I am willing to walk that mile to provide them with that but there will be no healing touch to separatists and militants. I will not let them be given that treatment and will only give them hitting touch,” Times Now quoted OM Modi as saying.