Srinagar: Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua advised Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria that the Narendra Modi government should win the hearts of Kashmiris much like Pakistan has done in the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and in restive Balochistan province, a media report said on Saturday.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, Janjua proffered this counsel to Bisaria in a meeting at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) two days after Indian security forces gunned down 13 militants in Kashmir, according to senior Indian officials familiar with the matter.
“The officials, who asked not to be named, said Bisaria politely replied to the Pakistan NSA on April 3 that it was not Indian security forces but Pakistani infiltrators who were vitiating the atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley through mayhem and violence. What he left unsaid was that thousands lost their lives and millions were displaced during Pakistan’s military operations against the Taliban and Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) militants in Swat over the past decade, and the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Jundallah extremists in Balochistan since 1948”, the report said.
“The Pakistani deep state is unhappy at Janjua engaging Bisaria after the counter-militancy operations in Kashmir, with foreign minister Khawaja Asif and former interior minister Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry taking strong exception to the meeting at a time when, according to them, Kashmiris are facing “state terrorism”, the report further added.