New Delhi: Talks with pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir are a possibility but these have to take place without any conditions, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said Wednesday.
On the possibility of talks with the pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders, he said Home Minister Rajnath Singh has made it clear “many, many times” that the central government was open for dialogue in Kashmir”.
“We want to talk,” he said.
“I don’t think that any talks can take place with pre- conditions,” Mehrishi told PTI in an interview while replying to a question on whether the Centre was inclined to hold talks with the pro-freedom leaders in Jammu and Kashmir without any conditions.
He said there was “no doubt that Pakistan has been sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir through various ways including funding militants”.
“Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism, Pakistan is ensuring infiltration to Kashmir and Pakistan is funding terrorism in Kashmir,” he said.
Asked about the alleged alienation of Kashmiri youths, Mehrishi said alienation is a “concept of Delhi media and the real issue for Kashmir is terrorism and radicalisation.”
“Radicalisation and terrorism are the main issues, which we are dealing with. As one chief minister had said 95 per cent people in Kashmir want peace. The youths in Kashmir have the same aspiration, like any youth in rest of India, of good education, good job and a good life,” he said.
The home secretary said the probe conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the alleged terror funding to Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders has its desired impact and it has been reflected in the activities of these leaders and protesters.
Referring to the ongoing NIA probe on terror funding, he said the agency was carrying out a “free and fair” investigation and it will be taken into its logical conclusion.
“Action will be taken against all those who are found guilty as per law,” he said.