New Delhi: The government is ready to talk to different Kashmiri groups on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir valley as there is no harm “in meeting our own people”, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Friday.
The Home Minister admitted there has been an interruption in the process but said, he “has no reservation in talking to our own people.”
Asked whether the writ of separatists was running in the valley, Chidambaram said he did not agree. “May be in Srinagar or some other parts, they may be able to mobilize support and call strikes.”
“According to the Jammu and Kashmir government, the situation is near normal,” Chidambaram said.
“I have been meeting those from different shades of opinion. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the government is ready to talk to different groups. What is the harm in meeting our own people?” Chidambaram asked after releasing the monthly progress report of his ministry for June.
Chidambaram’s statement came on a day when there has been fresh violence in Srinagar. Curfew has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital as 20 people were injured in clashes with security forces.
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