Agencies, New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the government is concerned…
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday addressed the media at Jammu and Kashmir where he is with an all party delegation to engage in peace talks with stakeholders in the state.
During his address, Singh asserted that Kashmir was an integral part of India and attacked the separatists for snubbing the talks. He also assured that the pellet guns, controversial for blinding several protesters in the Valley, would be replaced with chilli-based PAVA shells.
Singh said that the delegation comprising of 26 delegates from 20 parties had met with over 300 people and engaged with all stakeholders in talks. The delegation was in Jammu on Sunday.
Training guns on separatists, he said that they were “not on path of Kashmiriyat”. Singh accused them of being against democracy and said that the government was ready to talk to anyone who wants peace.
The Home Minister asserted that the Parliament was serious about the Kashmir issue, and said that everyone wanted peace in the valley.
Referring to members of all party delegation approaching Hurriyat leaders on Sunday, he said, “If someone goes to talk and separatists don’t talk,then they clearly don’t believe in ‘insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat.'”
Singh said, “I am fully confident that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir will improve,” and added, “Everyone is very concerned, we all are of the view that things in Kashmir need to improve.”
Singh also asserted that the state was an integral part of India and said, “There are no two ways about the fact that Jammu and Kashmir was, is and always will be an integral part of India.”