Srinagar, June 7: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the government will withdraw all cases of stone pelting against minors and first-time stone pelters in Kashmir Valley.

Rajnath, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, also slammed the Separatists for playing with the future of children of the Valley.

“They (Separatists) can play any kind of politics, but they should not play with future of children, these children are not only children of Kashmir but also of India, they are an asset. Keeping this in mind we took back cases of first time stone pelters,” said the Home Minister.

“Giving your children the best of education, and handing out stones to children of others? What is this? I always felt there is a lot of talent in youth here, IAS, IIM etc results are a proof. Youth is being misguided by certain forces,” he added.

Rajnath further said that the government is open to talks with the Separatists, asserting that ‘right minds’ and not ‘like minds’ are necessary for mediation talks. “We are open to talks with all, you don’t need to be like minded to talk but you do need to be right minded,” he said.

He also praised the security forces for working in the Valley with “utmost restraint”.

The government had on May 16 directed security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to follow what it called “non-initiation of combat operations” during the holy month of Ramzan.
The security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people, the ministry had said.