No talks on Kashmir, tough security line to continue

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New Delhi:
The BJP leadership does not see much scope for political dialogue in Jammu & Kashmir at present and will continue to back a “tough security line“ to contain terrorism in the aftermath of the recent attack on Amarnath yatris that killed seven of them.

The audacious strike is being seen as an indicator of the determination of terrorist outfits in Kashmir to test the resolve of the state and central governments, with the situation requiring a firm and unequivocal response, according to well-placed party sources.

BJP seems to feel that calls for a dialogue, articulated by some opposition leaders, may not take into account the ground situation in J&K where separatists and the political opposition are allegedly looking for signs of weakness on part of the Centre and doing their utmost to play on fault lines in the ruling coalition. The time, feel party sources, is simply not right for any political outreach, particularly with separatists, as the government is going all out against infiltrators and central agencies ranging from NIA, income tax to enforcement directorate are examining the funding of Hurriyat leaders. The emphasis, in terms of government action as well in political terms, seems to be to set a tough message on terrorism even as the party remains committed to running the coalition in Srinagar with PDP.

The Amarnath attack has raised questions on whether being part of the coalition in J&K is hurting the BJP in terms of differences on tackling separatism. But the attack on pilgrims is seen as an incident that though highly unfortunate was part of the risks in the light of the threats to target the yatra.

The suggestions of some opposition leaders that the hard options should not preclude political engagement does not wash with the BJP leadership which does not see any profit in talks with various stakeholders in the state.

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