Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government wanted to “break the back of terrorism” and would take all steps for a peaceful and prosperous Kashmir. After e-inaugurating several infrastructure and development projects for Kashmir and elsewhere, PM Modi said a peaceful atmosphere would help development and progress in the state. “We want to break the back of terrorism in the state,” he said at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre after inspecting the Dal lake here this afternoon.
Modi said surgical strikes had shown to the world the new policy (neeti) and tradition (reeti) of the country in responding to acts of terror. He said it was painful to learn about the killing of youth in the state, particularly Kashmir valley, where the youth were being targeted by the (separatist) militants.Without referring to the separatists, he said the people of Kashmir, by participating in the urban local body and panchayat elections last year, had sent across a clear message to those believing in “hatred and negativity”.