Govt ready for talks with ‘everyone’ on Kashmir issue: Rajnath

Govt ready for talks with ‘everyone’ on Kashmir issue: Rajnath
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Lucknow: The government is ready for dialogue with “everyone” on Kashmir issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, days after India cancelled foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan.
Singh, however, asserted that militancy in Kashmir Valley is “Pakistan-sponsored”.
“I think the (Kashmir) matter will be resolved. We are ready to talk to everyone,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the Central Zonal Council here.
The home minister said as far as militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, all security agencies are working in coordination. “Terrorism in Kashmir is Pakistan-sponsored,” he said.
India on Friday had called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in New York, barely 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, citing the “brutal” killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri slain militant commander Burhan Wani.
The GoI, last year, had appointed former director of the Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma as its representative to hold talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma has already held several rounds of dialogue with representatives of different groups, civil society members and individuals.