Jammu: Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that the decision to hold or not to hold talks with Pakistan is purely the Government of India’s prerogative.
“Only the Government of India is in a position to take a call on this. I am not qualified to answer whether or not and when India should hold talks with Pakistan because I’m not privy to the sensitive inputs and confidential reports, based on which, the Union Ministry of External Affairs and Union Ministry of Home Affairs take a view,” Dr Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the BJP State Working Committee meeting at Suchetgarh here on city outskirts when asked that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has recently said that India should hold talks with Pakistan at the earliest.
“Any decision on India-Pak talks is beyond the purview of the state government,” he added.
Taking a dig, without naming any political party, Dr Singh said, “Even if we go by the ideological positions taken by Kashmir-centric political parties espousing demands like Autonomy etc, these parties have also, in their policy documents, left the management of foreign affairs to the Government of India”.
Complimenting the government forces for their success in killing dozen militants in a single operation in the Kashmir valley, Dr Singh said, “Our security forces are doing a commendable job and the nation is eternally indebted to them.”
“We are approaching the last phase of militancy. The common man in Kashmir, particularly the youth, has already moved ahead,” he asserted.
About the deliberations of the BJP State Working Committee meeting, Dr Singh said, the coalition government in the State has completed three years in office, even though it was being claimed by the opposition parties, particularly Congress and National Congress, that this government will not last even three days.