In a bid to restore normalcy across Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that India is not against holding talks with Pakistan but the neighbouring country should also take some initiative and indicate its intent by jointly acting against terrorists and by stopping infiltration attempts.
Speaking Exclusively to The Indian Express, the Home Minister asserted,“If Pakistan is ready to talk, why won’t we talk? We want to have good relations with our neighbour. But even the neighbour will have to take some initiative. Pakistan is firing at our borders, indulging in ceasefire violations. It is trying to infiltrate terrorists. It is not mending its ways. But it will have to (mend its ways) one day,” Singh said in an interview to The Sunday Express.
Further more he stated the government was committed to restoring peace and may extend the ceasefire in Kashmir after Ramzan “if the situation remains peaceful”. He also admitted that govt’s measure to appoint interlocutor in Kashmir have not had the desired results.
Calling Pakistan the main troublemaker inn Pakistan, Singh dismissed any mediation on Kashmir with Islamabad. “India will never talk to Pakistan on Kashmir. Kashmir and Kashmiris were ours and will remain ours. Kisi ki kripa pe nahin hai (We are not at the mercy of anyone),” Home Minister added.