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Srinagar: Dialogue with separatists cannot be held at gunpoint, and they should help to create a conducive atmosphere by dissociating themselves from the ongoing violence in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said on Monday.
Singh said the PDP-BJP Agenda of Alliance (AoA) spoke of facilitating talks as “dialogue” is the only way.
“But talks cannot be held at gunpoint. Talks cannot happen by exerting pressure, by killing innocents, attacking pilgrims or police officers of J&K.”
“People who want to talk should come forward and say that they are ready and should dissociate themselves from this,” Singh told reporters here.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had written a letter to separatists when Home Minister Rajnath Singh came here last year, but they did not come forward.
“A Parliamentary delegation came here but they shut the doors. They have to come out of this situation to talk.
Dialogue needs an atmosphere, which is not there. These people do not want dialogue,” the BJP leader said.
Asked about the draping of slain militants in ISIS flags, Singh said it was a cause of concern. “This is a cause of concern and those who say this is a political issue, those who talk about the disintegration of India, should understand this. “They should understand, and I think they understand, that this is radicalisation in which there is no room for any other thinking.
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