WE CONGRATS HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI JI AND AND HONORABLE HOME MINISTER SHRI RAJNATH SINGH JI FOR THEIR EMOTIONAL AND DEDICATED APPROACH TO THE PEOPLE OF KASHMIR AND EXPRESSED EXPRESSED THE WILLINGNESS TO TALK TO WHOSOEVER NEEDED ONCE PEACE AND NORMALCY IS RESTORED IN THE VALLEY. . SAID DR ANTHONY RAJU , ADVOCATE AND CHAIRMAN – ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, LIBERTIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN HIS PRESS RELEASE
Reaching out to the people in Kashmir, the Centre on Sunday said it wanted to have emotional ties with them and not a need-based relationship and expressed the willingness to talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the Valley.
Winding up his two-day visit to Kashmir in the backdrop of widespread disturbances that has claimed 46 lives so far, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said security forces have been directed to refrain from using pellet guns against crowds as much as possible even as he awaits a report of a committee set up by him to look into the use of non-lethal weapons.
During his stay in the Valley, Rajnath met 30 delegations including a government team led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and an opposition National Conference(NC) team headed by Omar Abdullah. The Congress stayed away from deliberations with the Home Minister.
In a memorandum submitted to the Home Minister, the NC asked the Centre to initiate a sustained dialogue with Pakistan as well as separatists groups in Jammu and Kashmir for evolving a consensus for a mutually acceptable solution to the political issue.
Sending a strong message to Pakistan at a press conference at the end of his visit to Srinagar and Anantnag, Rajnath warned the neighbouring country not to interfere in India’s internal affairs and that it should change its attitude and approach towards Kashmir. “There is no need of any third force to improve situation in Kashmir. Pakistan’s role is not ‘paak’ (pure) towards Kashmir.”
“As far as Government of India is concerned, I want to make it clear that we don’t just want need-based ties, but to build an emotional relationship with Kashmir,” he said, reaching out to the people in the Valley while making a fervent appeal to them to help restore peace and normalcy in the state.
Rajnath said the Centre will talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the state.
To a question on whether there will be any talks with separatists, Singh said, “Let normalcy and peace be restored first. We will talk to the chief minister here and we will work only after taking her into confidence. Let us first ensure that normalcy returns. Then, we will talk to whoever we want.”
He said the government would review the use of pellet guns and a committe has already been set up by him to look into the use of non-lethal weapons which will give its report in two months.
“The difference of opinion can be resolved through talks as there can be no other solution,” Rajnath said, adding, problems cannot be solved in short of span of time. “Problems cannot be solved in 15 days or one month. It will take time.”
“If there are any differences or disapprovals, they can be resolved through talks mutually. Because, there cannot be any other solution. I feel that if there is place of Kashmiriyat in democracy, it will only be of humanity,” he said, adding that the people of the entire country want that Kashmir should once again become “firdaus” (paradise),” he said.
Expressing sympathy with those injured during the ongoing unrest in the Valley, Singh appealed to the youth to desist from indulging in stone pelting.
“I appeal to the youth of Kashmir not to indulge in stone pelting and security forces should avoid use of pellet guns as far as possible,” he said.
Rajnath said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is concerned about the situation in Kashmir and wanted the situation to improve as soon as possible.
“I am very concerned at the situation in Kashmir and our Prime Minister is also very concerned over it. Along with expressing regret over what happened here, I offer my condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives. The Prime Minister spoke to me last night and discussed the situation (in Kashmir). He also wants that the situation should improve,” he said.
Rajnath expressed regret over the loss of life during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, saying the Centre was open to any constructive suggestions for improving the situation in the Valley.
“I appeal to all Kashmiris to come forward with constructive suggestions for improving the situation in Kashmir,” he added.
On revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state, the Home Minister said whatever has to be done on the issue will be done in consultation with the state governments.
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On his two-day visit, Rajanth said he met 30 delegations during which he got information and suggestions on how to restore peace and normalcy in the Valley.
“I also visited Anantnag and heard the people there for one hour. I appealed to people of Anantnag also to maintain calm and help in restoring peace and normalcy,” he said.
Replying to a question if India will hold talks with Pakistan over Kashmir, the Home Minister there was no need for involvement of a third power.
“There is no need of any third force to improve situation in Kashmir. Pakistan should not interfere in internal matters of India,” he said.
Hitting out at Islamabad, Singh said while Pakistan was itself struggling with terrorism, it was arming the youth of Kashmir with guns.
“I want to tell the neighbouring country that you are suffering from terrorism. You attacked Lal Masjid (in Lahore) to kill terrorists but you are sending guns for youth of Kashmir. This should stop,” he said, asserting that the government will not tolerate terrorism in any form.