After a brief meeting in Paris between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, India has hinted dialogue with the separatists of Jammu and Kashmir.
Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Home said in reply to a question whether the government has initiated any talks with the separatist groups in J&K with a view to restore peace in the state.
Chaudhary also listed measures taken by the Centre in tandem with the state government to put an end to the violence in the state which includes multi-pronged approach to contain cross border infiltration, construction of border fencing and pro-active action against militants within the state.
The government has also encouraged policies to mainstream the youth, including providing employment opportunities to wean them away from militancy, he said.
The meeting was the first between the two leaders after July when they had met in the Russian city of Ufa and had agreed that their National Security Advisors would meet.
PM Narendra Modi meets Pak PM Nawaz Sharif at COP 21 in Paris (Source: MEA). indianexpress
Modi and Sharif came under one roof during a peacekeeping summit held on the sidelines of the General Assembly, but only waved at each other and did not speak or shake hands.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while commenting on the recent meeting between Modi and Sharif asserted that any dialogue process between India and Pakistan would prove futile.
The hardliner leader said that Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of its people and the talks will happen only when India will accept Kashmir as disputed territory.