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Want emotional relationship with people of Kashmir: Rajnath

Appealing to people in Kashmir to help restore normalcy, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the Centre wants an emotional relationship with the state and not just need-based.

Want emotional relationship with people of Kashmir: Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also warned Pakistan not to interfere in India’s internal affairs. Addressing a press conference here after winding up his two-day visit to the state after holding talks with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and several delegations both in Srinagar and Anantnag, Rajnath said the Centre will talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the state.

“As far as government of India is concerned, I want to make it clear that we don’t just want need-based ties, but to build an emotional relationship with Kashmir,” he said, reaching out to the people in the valley while making a fervent appeal to them to help restore peace and normalcy in the state. 

Attacking Pakistan on its role in Kashmir, he said, “Its role has not been paak (pure) on Kashmir. Pakistan should change its attitude and approach towards Kashmir.” 

Asking people to give their constructive suggestions to bring peace in the state, he said, “There is no need of any third force to improve the situation in Kashmir.” 

Singh hit out at Pakistan, which he said is itself affected by terrorism and to end it on one hand it is killing terrorists after entering the Lal Masjid, while on the other it is asking our youth in Kashmir to take to arms. “This must stop,” he said. 

Appealing to the youth to not to resort to stone-pelting, Singh said he has asked the security forces to refrain from using pellet guns as much as possible even as he regretted the loss of lives.

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