New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman condemned the killing of a tourist from Tamil Nadu in an incident of stone throwing at Narbal on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road in Jammu and Kashmir, terming it ‘unacceptable”.
Talking to the reporter after an inaugural session of Naval Commanders’ Conference here, Sitharaman said, “I’m sure the Chief Minister is herself keen on getting more tourists to Kashmir because that will also help in restoring normalcy. So if that is being the stated desire for a stone pelting incident to have hurt and killed a tourist, it certainly is not conducive to the very rightful suggestion of the Chief Minister.”
On a spike in terror activities in the valley, the Minister said the government will firmly deal with the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. “I think we need to understand the issue which is very sensitive with a great deal of nuisance. You can’t hold the armed forces responsible for being firm with the terror. We need to be firm with the terror,” she said.
Further, Sitharaman added, “We need to have free and safe movement of the tourists so that normalcy can be restored. And what happened is absolutely unfortunate and it cannot be accommodated for the tourist to be killed. It is completely condemnable.”