SRINAGAR -- Extremely upset with the separatists move to reject the offer of talks, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said this clearly indicates that they don't believe in 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat', while reiterating the doors are always open for those keen on holding a dialogue to restore normalcy in the region.
Addressing the media, Singh said the Centre as well as the all-party delegation is extremely serious and concerned about ensuring that the prevailing situation improves in the valley and normalcy is restored at the earliest.
"There are no two ways about the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India, was a part of India and will be a part of India," Singh said while spelling out the Centre's stand.
"Some members of the delegation met Hurriyat leaders and that the government neither approved nor disapproved of the same. 'Baat-cheet kay liye hamara darwaaza hi nahin, hamara roshandaan bhi khulaa hai'," Singh said.
Commenting on the use of pellet guns by the paramilitary forces, the Home Minister said the government has given an alternative to pellet guns--Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA)--which will be used within a period of two months.
PAVA shells, a chilli-based ammunition, is less lethal and immobilises the target temporarily.
The all-party delegation, headed by the Home Minister, yesterday held parleys with various sections of the society and listened to their concerns as part of efforts to find a common solution to the current unrest.
The delegation earlier met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during which a detailed presentation was given by the state government highlighting various issues related to the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.
While interacting with the delegation, Mehbooba said that Kashmir is a common issue of national interest and should not be viewed as a political issue.
The all-party delegation will visit Jammu later in the day.
Kashmir has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July.
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