Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that the situation in the valley had vastly improved over the past year and the Hurriyat Conference was willing to enter into a dialogue with the government.
“The Hurriyat Conference was not willing to talk. Ram Vilas Paswan was standing at their door (in 2016), but they were not ready to talk. But, today, they are ready for talks and want to hold dialogue. There is a change in everyone,” he said at a function in Srinagar.
Malik said the situation in Kashmir had improved ever since he took over as the governor last August, adding that recruitment of militants had almost stopped and stone-pelting incidents on Fridays had ended. I feel good that the temperature (of the situation) has come down significantly since the day I arrived here,” he added.
“We do not feel good when a youth is killed, we want to bring him back. There is a lot of thought being given as to what kind of scheme is needed to bring them back,” Malik said. “But when someone opens fire, the security forces will fire back. They would not present a bouquet of flowers.”