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Rajnath Singh says open for talks for permanent solution to Kashmir impasse

Union home minister Rajnath Singh says he is not blaming the Kashmiri youngsters who pelt stones but those who are brainwashing them.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 22:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh during a BJP function in Mumbai on Thursday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

The government is working on an integrated and permanent solution to the Kashmir impasse, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, adding he was ready to talk to anybody to bring peace to the state.

Singh gave no details of the proposed solution but said the process would take some time.

The home minister’s revelation came amid heightened tensions in the valley over alleged rights abuses by security forces and a steep rise in militant activities.

“In a healthy democracy, even complex issues can be resolved through dialogue. I am open for talks with anyone as long as no one puts conditions for such negotiations,” Singh said.

The Union minister, however, said that in the future there would be no hurdles or rocks in the path of Kashmiri youngsters.

“I don’t blame the youngsters who pelt stones but those who are brainwashing the youngsters to throw stones. They are from the other side of the border,” he said in a direct reference to Pakistan.

Singh said there were anti-social elements and troublemakers in Pakistan who were trying their best to foment trouble in Kashmir.

“Our neighbour (Pakistan) is up to no good. They are constantly plotting and planning against us... But, in the last three years, things have changed. India is no longer considered a weak country, we have shown (after Uri) we are capable of crossing the border and killing terrorists.”

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 22:49 IST