If Pakistan ready for talks, India won’t say no: Rajnath Singh

Mentioning India is not averse to holding talks with Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Islamabad should also “take some initiative” and demonstrate its intent by stopping infiltration attempts and coming forward to “jointly launch action” against terrorists.

Home Minister asserted,“If Pakistan is ready to talk, why won’t we talk? We want to have good relations with our neighbour. But even the neighbour will have to take some initiative. Pakistan is firing at our borders, indulging in ceasefire violations. It is trying to infiltrate terrorists. It is not mending its ways. But it will have to (mend its ways) one day,” Singh said in an interview to The Sunday.

Further more he stated the government was committed to restoring peace and may extend the ceasefire in Kashmir after Ramzan “if the situation remains peaceful”. He also admitted that govt’s measure to appoint interlocutor in Kashmir have not had the desired results.

He said India had taken all the initiatives so far. “Isse zyada pehel kya ho sakti hai (What more initiative can be taken)? A B Vajpayee took the bus to Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke all protocol and went to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif. What more do we do? Doesn’t Pakistan understand our intent? So why don’t they talk? Did any prime minister of Pakistan take steps like Vajpayee? Doesn’t Pakistan understand this,” he asked.

While saying that Pakistan is the main troublemaker in Kashmir, Singh ruled out any mediation on Kashmir with Islamabad. “Kashmir and Kashmiris were ours and will remain ours. India will never talk to Pakistan on Kashmir. Kisi ki kripa pe nahin hai (We are not at the mercy of anyone),” he said.