"As far as talks are concerned, our doors to everyone who wants peace and normalcy. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also wrote letters. I want to clarify that some members of the delegation had gone to meet Hurriyat leaders yesterday. Neither had we said yes nor no. Whatever happened you know about it. I do not wish to go into the details. But whatever information those friends gave us upon their return, it can be said it was not 'Kashmiriyat'. It cannot be called as Insaniyat (humanity). When someone goes for talks and they reject it, it is not Jamhooriyat (democracy) as well. We are ready to talk to everyone who wants peace and normalcy," he said.

He asserted that ‘the doors and windows for dialogue’ on Kashmir were always open but ruled out any talks with Pakistan on the issue in near future saying, "Let us first talk with the people within our country".

"Some members of delegation went to meet Hurriyat leaders in their individual capacity. We neither said 'Yes' nor 'No' (to the move).

"The members had gone to hold talks but by refusing to talk, they have shown that they (separatists) do not believe in jamhooriyat as well," the Minister said, coming down heavily on the separatists who yesterday snubbed attempts by MPs like CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi to reach out to them. At hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's residence, the gate was not even opened for the MPs while people shouted slogans outside.

The Home Minister evaded a direct reply to a question about BJP support or otherwise to the move by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to write to the separatists urging them to engage with the delegation for resolution of Kashmir issue.

"Yes, I have information about that .... she had written a letter," he said without specifying whether BJP, which is ally of PDP in the state government, supported the move.

Here are the highlights of his press conference:

11:42 am: No doubt that Kashmir is an integral part of India: Rajnath Singh.

11:40 am: The expert committee that was set up, has suggested use of PAVA shells instead of pellet gun: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar.

11:38 am: We are fully cooperating with the state Government to restore normalcy in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh, Home Minister.

11:35 am: Yesterday, some of the members of the delegation (all party delegation) met Hurriyat leaders: Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

11:34 am: Baat-cheet kay liye hamara darwaaza hi nahin, hamara roshandaan bhi khulaa hai: HM Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/1lCONkHmGu

11:33 am: If someone goes to talk and they (separatists) dont talk, then they clearly dont believe in 'insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat': Home Minister.

11:32 am: Iss mein koi do matt nahin hai ki Jammu and Kashmir Bharat ka integral part tha, hai aur rahega: HM Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/SDCxKbvFmY

11:30 am: No two ways about fact that J&K is a part of India, was a part of India & will be a part of India: Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

11:29 am: Everyone is very concerned, we all are of the view that things in Kashmir need to improve: Rajnath Singh on Kashmir Delgation.

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