Srinagar, June 7: Calling out to the “right-minded” people in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Modi government was keen to hold dialogue with them in Jammu and Kashmir to bring peace in the state. Singh, who is on a two-day visit to the state, said a decision on extending the ongoing suspension of anti-terror operations beyond Ramzan will be taken after reviewing the situation in the trouble-torn state, said media reports. He said the government was willing to talk to everyone and talking to “like-minded people” was alright but it was talking to the “right-minded people” that bore results. (Also read: Violence Needs to be Brought Down Before Any Dialogue) Also Read - India-China Standoff: 'No Force Can Stop Indian Troops From Patrolling Ladakh Border', Says Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha
Alluding to the separatist leaders, Singh said they should refrain from misleading the youth into violence. “Do these people want that the children of Jammu and Kashmir play only with fire and stones? They don’t want the situation to change… let children be children… Education for your own sons and stones in the hands of the children of others. What kind of justice is this, what kind of humanity is this?” a report in The Indian Express quotes Singh as saying. Also Read - Monsoon Session of Parliament Day 4: Lok Sabha Passes 2 Key Agriculture Bills Despite Farmer Protests
The Home Minister said at a press conference that the Centre was serious in its efforts towards bringing peace to the state and had, as such, appointed a special representative for holding talks with all stake-holders in Jammu and Kashmir. At the same time, he said, the people of the state also needed to come forward. “Lest we might lose another generation of the state to the darkness,” he said. Also Read - With no Room to Escape, Rajnath Singh to Address Rajya Sabha, Take Questions on India-China Border Standoff at Noon Today
On the suspension of anti-terror operations, Singh said, “The prime minister (Narendra Modi) took a decision on the suspension of operation during Ramzan after giving it due thought.”We took this decision keeping in view the situation of the common people of Jammu and Kashmir… A decision on extending it beyond Ramzan will be taken after reviewing the situation,” he said. As to what feedback he got from the security personnel during the review meeting, Singh said, “Good things were spoken about it.” The Home Minister said the Centre had decided to withdraw cases against nearly 10,000 persons who were involved in stone-pelting for the first time, taking their plight into consideration. He said, from ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister had said the government wanted a solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir, not by firing bullets, but by embracing the people. “When we talk about Kashmiriyat it includes Hazratbal (shrine)as well as Amarnath (shrine),” he said.
Singh said Pakistan should prevent terror activities on its soil and if it cannot stop terrorism, “why don’t you take help from your neighbouring country, India.” He said some countries were covertly or overtly using terrorism. “They should understand that terrorism has no religion… When it will devour whom, no one can say with certainty,” Singh said. Earlier, Singh attended a sports conclave at the Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Stadium where over 3,000 enthusiasts were present. Announcing several new projects to build sports infrastructure in the Valley, he said: “If you have to choose between development and destruction, choose development. If you choose development, the state will develop. Please herald a new dawn in Jammu and Kashmir.”