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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government and those part of the all-party delegation were very concerned about the situation in Kashmir, saying “we all are of the view that things in Kashmir need to improve.” Singh said the delegation met with over 300 people.
“There are no two ways about fact that J&K is a part of India, was a part of India & will be a part of India,” Singh said addressing the media in Srinagar. The Home Minister also hit out at separatists saying them not wanting to engage in a dialogue indicated they weren’t interested in resolving the issue.
“If someone goes to talk and they (separatists) don’t talk, then they clearly don’t believe in ‘insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat’,” Singh said, adding that on Sunday, some of the members of the delegation met Hurriyat leaders and that the government neither approved nor disapproved of the same. “Baat-cheet kay liye hamara darwaaza hi nahin, hamara roshandaan bhi khulaa hai,” Singh said.
On the use of pellet guns by para-military forces, Rajnath Singh said the government has given an alternative to pellet guns – PAVA shells- within a period of two months.
Singh is leading an all-party delegation that arrived in the Valley on Sunday. The delegation is looking to hold talks with a cross section of political leaders as well as other stakeholders. The delegation consists of 26 members from 20 political parties.
On Sunday, the delegation met about 300 members in about 30 delegations from various sections of society to find a common solution for restoring peace in Jammu and Kashmir which faced violent protests since the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
The delegation will leave for Jammu on Monday where they are likely to meet the representatives of Kashmiri Pandits among other civil society members.
(with inputs from agencies)