Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that Pakistan needed to change its behaviour as far as Kashmir was concerned.
He also said that grievances, if any, of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, needed to be solved through talks. However, he made it clear that government will not tolerate terrorism in any form.
But at the same time, Singh, who is on a two-day visit to the Valley to take stock of the situation in the wake of deadly clashes that have left 46 people dead and more than three thousand others injured, appealed to the people to help restore peace and normalcy in the region.
“Pakistan is in itself a victim of terrorism, it should not encourage violence in Kashmir. Pakistan’s role isn’t ‘pak’ (pure) in relation to Kashmir. They need to change their behaviour. We don’t need third party’s involvement to address the situation that prevails in J&K,” he said.
“I haven’t said anything wrong, have just asked them (Pakistan) to refrain from interfering in internal matters of another country,” he further said.
“Want to make it clear that Government of India does not only want to have a relationship based on needs with Kashmir but an emotional relationship. Want to reiterate that if anyone has any grievances, it can only be solved through dialogue,” Singh added.
“We will talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the state,” he maintained.
On the issue of pellet guns, the HM said, “We will constitute an expert committee to find out ways to use of non-lethal weapon. The committee will submit report in two months,” and added, “Have asked the security forces to refrain from using pellet guns as much as possible. Appeal to the youth to not resort to stone-pelting.”
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with several ministers of her government today met the HM.
Mehbooba led the government delegation which called on Singh after the Home Minister had met representatives from ruling PDP, BJP and opposition National Conference separately.
Curfew remained in force in five districts of Kashmir and some parts of the summer capital as a precautionary measure as an uneasy calm prevailed in the Valley where normal life was paralysed for the 16th consecutive day today.
The situation across the Valley is peaceful so far, an official said.
Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces a day after the killing of militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in an encounter.
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