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Indian home Minister is always ready to talk on Kashmir

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said he is open to talks with anyone in a bid to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute.

“In a healthy democracy, even complex issues can be resolved through dialogue. I am open for talks with anyone as long as no one puts conditions for such negotiations,” Hindustan Times” quoted the minister as saying.

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Singh said he would not blame the Kashmiri youngsters who pelt stones but those who were brainwashing them. “They are from the other side of the border,” he added.

However, the minister also assured that in the future there would be no hurdles or rocks in the path of Kashmiri youngster.

“Our neighbour is up to no good. They are constantly plotting and planning against us… But, in the last three years, things have changed. India is no longer considered a weak country; we have shown (after Uri) we are capable of crossing the border and killing terrorists.”

Earlier in May, Singh had hinted that the Bharatiya Janata Party -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had found a “permanent solution” to the Kashmir issue.

Relations between Pakistan and India have nosedived over a range of issues, including border skirmishes and the death sentence handed down to RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court for espionage and stoking terrorism in Pakistan. The Line of Control in Kashmir has also been witnessing a rise in tensions.

Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries in Astana

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged greetings in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday evening ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.

Since this was the first meeting between the two leaders following Sharif’s heart surgery last year, Modi inquired about the Nawaz Sharif’s health, as well as asking him about his mother and family.

This was also their first meeting since 2015 when the Indian prime minister made a brief visit to Lahore.

During his brief stop in Pakistan, Modi attended Nawaz’s granddaughter’s wedding after which he had held a brief meeting with his Pakistani Premier.

However, India on Monday denied any possibility of a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

“No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side,” India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had said, asserting that “talks and terror can not go together”.

 

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