Centre wants emotional bond with Kashmiris: Rajnath

PTI7_23_2016_000256B Rajnath Singh with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during their meeting in Srinagar | PTI

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, even as he 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, Rajnath said the Centre would 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.

The Home Minister earlier held talks with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and several delegations both in Srinagar and Anantnag.

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."

Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces a day after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8 resulting in 45 deaths.

“Pakistan should change its attitude”

Sending a strong message to Pakistan, Rajnath also said the neighbouring country should change its attitude and approach towards Kashmir. "Its role has not been 'paak' (pure) on Kashmir,” he said.

Singh said Pakistan is itself affected by terrorism. “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.

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