GoI not JK CM can decide about talks with Pak: Madhav
Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary, at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 7th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
Srinagar, Feb 25: National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Ram Madhav on Sunday said Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti “is not going to decide about talks with Pakistan”. In an interview to The Indian Express, Madhav said: “Talking or not talking to Pakistan is not for the Jammu and Kashmir alliance to decide, but the government of India. Mehboobaji can have a view, because she feels that if the two governments talk to each other, there could be de-escalation of violence. But the alliance cannot take a view, its view is limited to the affairs of the state”. Further, Madhav as per the interview said: “Having said that, there can be a view that talks are necessary for restoring peace along the LoC. This does not mean that Pakistan will get away with all the wrongdoing.If the CM feels India-Pakistan talks will help contain infiltration and bring peace in the Valley, allow her to have her view. But she is not going to decide it”.