Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday said that the government will not deter in its aim to bring lasting peace to Kashmir.
He said, "I would like to repeat, that no matter how many obstacles come in our way, we will not be deterred to bring lasting peace to Kashmir."
Speaking on the ceasefire that was put in place during the holy month of Ramzan, Rajnath Singh stated that security forces, including the Army and police, had worked with utmost restraint.
He lashed out at the separatists for using the youth to propagate violence.
He said, "They (Separatists) can play any kind of politics, but they should not play with future of children, these children are not only children of Kashmir but also of India, they are an asset. Keeping this in mind we took back cases of first time stone pelters."
On the issue of Kashmiri youths joining militant outfits, the minister said, "The youth are being misguided by certain forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Giving your children the best of education, and handing out stones to children of others? What is this? I always felt there is a lot of talent in youth here, IAS,IIM etc results are a proof."
The home minister also added that the Centre is open to hold talks with all. "You don't need to be like-minded to talk but you do need to be right minded," said Rajnath.
(With inputs from ANI)...