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We are keeping a watch on militant recruitment in Kashmir: Defence Minister

We are keeping a watch on militant recruitment in Kashmir: Defence Minister
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New Delhi: Saying that New Delhi is keeping a complete tab on the recruitment of militants in Kashmir, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that we are also focusing on what prompts these young men to take to arms.

The minister made the comment while speaking on increasing instances of Kashmiri youth joining militant-related activities in the Valley.

“We are keeping an eye on recruitment. We are also focusing on what is motivating them to join militancy and who is behind motivating them,” said Sitharaman.

“Also, we are able to eliminate militants on the borders itself,” added the minister.

Speaking on the recent UNHRC report that alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, the Union Minister said, “The report (on Kashmir) is prepared sitting somewhere else. Assessment made by the UNHRC is without basis. If only they see what is on the ground. Indian Army shows the maximum restraint.”

In July, the United Nations had released the first of its kind report on alleged human rights violations in both “Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir” and sought an international inquiry into these abuses. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had called the report is “overtly prejudiced” which seeks to build a “false narrative”.

Sitharam also spoke on India’s defence deal of procuring S-400 missiles from Russia.

“The talks have reached conclusive stage. Once done, it will take about two and a half to four years to implement,” she said.

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