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Talks with Hurriyat, Pakistan no problem: Rajnath Singh

Talks with Hurriyat, Pakistan no problem: Rajnath Singh
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Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday made a revelation by saying the union government had no problem in talking to separatist Hurriyat Conference if they are ready to talk, a media report said.

“If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it,” Singh told a private news channel during a programme held in New Delhi to mark four years of the Narendra Modi government.

“There is no problem in any dialogue with Pakistan, it is our neighbour but Pakistan has to stop promoting terrorism first,” the Home Minister said.

On ceasefire violations at the Jammu and Kashmir border, Singh said that Pakistan “doesn’t want Muslims in Kashmir to have a peaceful month of Ramadhan.”

On May 16, the Home Ministry had announced that the forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramadhan.

Singh also refuted reports of confusion of the central government over its Kashmir policy.

“There is no confusion about our Kashmir policy,” he said, adding that they want to end the cycle of violence.

“But we believe that Kashmir and Kashmiris both are our own. We want to win their hearts. Suspension of operations was one of the measures towards this aim,” he said.

On whether there was any indication from the separatists leadership for peace dialogue with the government, Singh said, “There has been no indication so far.”

The government’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma is holding talks with a cross section of people in Jammu and Kashmir, the Home Minister said.

Singh’s comments came days after the government had announced suspension of operations against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan that began on May 17.

Past attempts to initiate dialogue with the Hurriyat had failed after the separatists amalgam demanded declaration of Kashmir as “disputed” and involvement of Pakistan in the dialogue. (PTI)


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