April 2017 News

Kashmir Unrest: Centre In No Mood To Talk With Separatists, To Go After Top Terror Commander

25 April 2017
India Today
Manjeet Singh Negi

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi with a message that the government should restart talks with separatists for normalcy to return in the Valley. However, the Centre appears to be in no mood for discussion with Hurriyat leaders. Sources said the government is not in favour of talks with pro-Pakistan lobby in the Valley despite such demands from various quarters. The government believes that talks with separatists would yield no result as all such attempts have failed in the past. Pointing to the need to hold talks with all stakeholders, Mehbooba Mufti said that talks with the separatist Hurriyat (Conference) had taken place during the tenure of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She said talks were the only way forward. As situation in the Valley remains tense and incidents of stone pelting continues unabated, the government has decided to go ahead after the top terror commanders. Agencies have been directed to break the backbone of terror infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. Authorities have also been asked to continue the crack down on social media inciting violence in the region. Nearly 300 WhatsApp groups were being used to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir to disrupt security forces' operations at encounter sites, a police official was quoted as saying by PTI. However, most of these groups - at least 90 per cent of them - have been successfully shut down in the last three weeks.