‘Alienation in Kashmir a concept of Delhi media; real problem radicalisation’
New Delhi: Talks with separatists in Jammu and Kashmir are possible but they have to take place without any conditions, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Wednesday.
Mehrishi, who is demitting office on Thursday, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh had 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.
He said there was “no doubt” that Pakistan had 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 youth, 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 percent people in Kashmir want peace. The youths in Kashmir have the same aspirations, 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 terror funding to Kashmiri separatists has had its desired impact, as has been reflected in the activities of separatists and stone-pelters.
He said the NIA was carrying out a “free and fair” investigation and it will be taken to its logical conclusion.
“Action will be taken against all those who are found guilty as per law,” he said.
Asked about the recent stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in Doklam and Ladakh, the home secretary said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, which comes under the home ministry, is not deployed in Doklam but in Ladakh alone.
“Standoff-like situation in Ladakh keeps happening. There was no extraordinary situation,” he said.
Asked about the activities of alleged Hindu terrorism, he said terrorism should not be linked with any religion.
“Terrorism is terrorism. It should not be linked with any religion. No religion allows terrorism. Those who indulge in terrorism in the name of religion are only bringing bad name to religion,” he said.