Pak should show positive signs for dialogue: HM

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India wanted peace with Pakistan but put the ball in that country’s court, saying Islamabad should show some positive signs for a dialogue.
Pak should show positive signs for dialogue: HM

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India wanted peace with Pakistan but put the ball in that country's court, saying Islamabad should show some positive signs for a dialogue. 

"Pakistan is our neighboring country and we want good relations with all our neighbors, but it (Pakistan) has to take lead and show some positive signs for this," Singh told reporters here during a press conference at the end of his two-day visit to the state. 

"Pakistan's soil is regularly being used for mushrooming militancy, the country continuing sending militants in Kashmir to disturb peace. This all needs to be stopped. Pakistan has to take initiative, if they want peace." 

The home minister said India's retaliation during border ceasefire violations cost Pakistan dearly and that country didn't reveal the real figures in the media. 

"Be confident, India is now powerful nation, not weak nation," Singh said.

During his visit, Singh, who was expected by many in the state establishment and 'mainstream' political parties to extend a clear offer of talks, said he dropped enough hints about it. 

"Yesterday, I have said that for talks we should be 'right-minded' instead of 'likeminded', these hints are enough," he said.

The Home Minister said the situation in Kashmir had improved and that New Delhi's five Cs approach for building a basis for permanent solution to unrest in the state was succeeding. The elements of the approach are: compassion, communication, co-existence, confidence-building and consistency.

"I noticed huge difference during my recent Kashmir visit. The markets were opened. Traffic in city is normal like another city of country. When I wave hand towards a group of people standing roadside, they responded with smiles. 5000 to 6000 youth attended sports concaved in Srinagar, these all are signs of normality," Singh said.

West Pakistan Refugees:

The home minister acknowledged that the union government cannot grant the West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) state subject status, the citizenship document, in Jammu and Kashmir. 

"The government of India will provide monetary compensation of Rs 5.5 lakh each to 5,764 families of West Pakistan Refuges but can't provide them state subjects, (the citizenship document of Jammu and Kashmir)," Singh said about the WPRs are otherwise citizens of India.

On Rohingyas:

The Home Minister said Rohingyas belong to Burma and they have to go back, and data about them would be shared with Ministry of External Affairs to subsequently share with Burma government for taking these illegal immigrants back.

"From Home Ministry we had issued an advisory and asked all state governments to conduct a detail survey of Rohingyas," Singh said. 

"We asked government to collect biometrics and other details of Rohingyas and also directed states to ensure that these illegal immigrants shall not obtain any documents, which later help them to claim citizenship of India." 

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