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No talks with separatists in Kashmir Valley: Government tells Supreme Court

The central government made its stand clear today by stating that it will not be holding negotiations with Kashmiri separatists to resolve the deteriorating situation in Kashmir valley, where violent agitations and stone pelting have become an everyday affair. Speaking on behalf of the central government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi told the Supreme Court that talks with recognized political parties in the valley could be held, but there was no scope for talks with separatists. Rohatagi made the remarks before a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul. He also dismissed the allegations made by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association that the central government was not interested in holding discussions and resolving the deteriorating situation in Kashmir valley.

Rohatagi also pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already discussing such matters with Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The Supreme Court said that it would intervene only if it was sure it can play a definitive role and there were no jurisdictional issues involved. The court made the observations while hearing an appeal filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association. The appeal seeks to impose a ban on the use of pellet guns since their use has resulted in the deaths of several people.

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