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Dialogue only when stone-pelting stops: Amit Shah

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Source: The Indian Express

Acknowledging the unrest in Kashmir, BJP president Amit Shah ruled out dialogue on the Kashmir.

Asked if the government will speak to the Hurriyat (separatists) too as was done by the previous NDA government, he responded, “Once violence ends and an atmosphere of dialogue is created, we will talk to everyone.”

“We have said that we will start dialogue once stone-pelting stops. As long as there is stone-pelting, there cannot be dialogue. We cannot give them flower if they pelt stones. They will have to understand it,” he said.

Speaking about alliance PDP’s performance in the state, he said it had done very good work on the infrastructural front to far-flung areas.

“You cannot assess the situation in Kashmir by picking one stretch of six months. You will have to see the entire period from 1989 to May 2017. There have been many stretches of six months, eight months or one year when the situation has been hot before our security forces controlled it,” he said.

Speaking about the current cycle of violence in the Valley, saying the region has seen such “hot situation” in stretches of six, eight or 12 months earlier as well, before security forces controlled it.