New Delhi: Distressed over the events in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government was willing to talk to anybody or any group but asserted that it could not happen till the end of violence, some of which is “orchestrated by certain groups”.
Addressing an all-party meeting on the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh underlined that dialogue and discussion is the “only path for lasting peace and prosperity” in the state and those having grievancse against the government “have to talk to the administration”.
Appealing for peace, he expressed sadness over the loss of lives and injuries suffered by the people, the police and security personnel besides “huge disruption” in the daily lives of the common man and the financial losses suffered by various sections of the society in the state.
“I am sure all of us share a deep sense of distress over the unfortunate sequence of events, during and after the Eid, particularly in the context of a reported act by a misguided person thousands of miles away,” Singh said, in an apparent reference to the alleged incident of desecration of Holy Quran by a person in the US.
“We have to talk to each other...But it is also true that meaningful dialogue can happen only in an atmosphere free from violence and confrontation. Discussions can take place only if we have calm and public order,” he emphasised.
The meeting, attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, top BJP leaders L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and leaders from various other parties, has been convened to discuss steps to address the situation in the state.