Moderates, hardliners and now ‘destructive’ Kashmiri separatists

Amid the ‘talks and permanent resolution din’, Union Minister and BJP leader, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday ruled out any possible talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders. The Union leader also took on the separatists by calling them “destructive and obstructive” and alleged that the leaders receive funds from Pakistan to stoke unrest in the valley.

“Why we should have discussions with the separatist leaders? Every day they (Pakistan) are giving training to the militants, provoking them and sending them into our country,” Union Minister Venkaya Naidu said, speaking at an event here.

“They are sending money to the separatist leaders…. and we have seen it,” he said, referring to an NIA probe into alleged cross-border funding to Kashmiri separatist leaders for organising stone pelting protests.

“I don’t know what is this disease of stone pelting,” Naidu said.

 “We are collecting stones to construct infrastructure there but they are trying to destroy it,” the Minister said.

 “We are constructive, and they are destructive and obstructive,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister said.

“This is the kind of mentality we are seeing in the people of the country,” Naidu added.

His comments come as the government has said it is working towards a “permanent solution” to Kashmir.

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