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‘Vikas’, ‘Vishwas’ key to address Kashmir issue: PM


"Development" and building of "confidence" are the key to address the problem of Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday while hoping that the youth of the Valley won’t get "misled".

Amid ongoing unrest in the Valley, he emphasised on the need for taking Kashmir ahead with peace and unity while ensuring that it remains "paradise" in the real sense.

"The seeds (of the current unrest) were sown during Independence. Every government has had to face this problem.

This not a new problem but an old one," he told Network18 in an interview when asked how to solve the problem of the valley.

Asserting that "solution to the problem" would be found, Modi said, "Kashmir needs ‘vikas’ (development) and ‘vishwas’ (confidence). 125 crore people of the country are ready to give ‘vikas’ and there has never been dearth of ‘vishwas’."

He said there has to be forward movement on the basis of ‘vikas’ and ‘vishwas’ and he was confident on this front.

"I hope Kashmiri youth will not be misled and will move ahead with peace, unity, harmony. I hope Kashmir will remain the ‘jannat’ (paradise)," the Prime Minister said.