‘Cen­tre won’t talk to sep­a­ratists who use Kash­miris’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Sm­riti Kak Ra­machan­dran

BJP na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav on Sat­ur­day said the Cen­tre won’t budge from its po­si­tion of not talk­ing to Kash­mir se­ces­sion­ists who use “peo­ple of the Val­ley as guinea pigs in their rep­re­hen­si­ble pol­i­tics of vi­o­lence and sep­a­ratism”.

“The sep­a­ratists have only one motto: One dead body a day, so they can play sen­ti­men­tal pol­i­tics over the dead bodies… The se­cu­rity forces and the gov­ern­ment, on the other hand, try their best to en­sure that the ill-in­ten­tions of the sep­a­ratists don’t suc­ceed. It is a dif­fi­cult job be­ing ex­e­cuted with com­mend­able sin­cer­ity by the gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces,” he posted on a so­cial net­work­ing site.

The state­ment comes a day after the Cen­tre sub­mit­ted in the Supreme Court that it does not plan to hold talks with sep­a­ratists, and that di­a­logue to re­store nor­malcy was pos­si­ble only with the le­gally recog­nised stake­hold­ers. The SC was hear­ing an ap­peal filed by the Jammu and Kash­mir high court bar as­so­ci­a­tion against an HC or­der, seek­ing a stay on the use of pel­let guns.

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