- PM opened India's longest road tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir today
- Says 40 years of bloodshed hasn't helped anyone, only lives lost
- Had tourism been promoted as much, Kashmir would have gone much ahead: PM
"I want to ask the people of Kashmir... on the one side there is tourism, on the other, terrorism," PM Modi said. Pointing that many innocents have lost their lives, but "no one has gained anything", he added, "If tourism had been promoted in these 40 years, the world would have been at Kashmir's feet".
Last year, Kashmir has witnessed five months of protest following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. Hundreds of young men had hit the streets and clashed with security forces, many had been injured. Education had been severely hampered, with schools and colleges shutting down due to the violence and strike call by separatists.
PM Modi also invoked his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee's famous call for "Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamooriyat" - a policy that had evoked a heartfelt response from Kashmir.
He also attacked Pakistan for exploiting the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He said he wanted to show the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir how Jammu and Kashmir can develop. "Let the people of PoK see what development is, so they know the exploitation they have suffered from those controlling them," he added.