Separatists working at behest of Pakistan: RK Singh

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 : Backing the Centre's argument of not talking to separatist leaders who demand 'azaadi', former union home secretary and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader R.K.

Singh on Saturday said the separatists are working at the behest of Pakistan. Slamming the separatists who demand 'azaadi', Singh said there is no point having dialogue with Pakistani agents.

Singh further said that stone-pelting and attacks are done as per the instructions by the neighbouring country.

"It is absolutely correct. Those (separatists) who demand 'azaadi' work at the behest of Pakistan. So, there is no point talking to the Pakistani agents (separatists). Pakistan is waging a proxy war against us and they are Pakistan's agents. Whenever Pakistan sees that our armed forces are about to kill their terrorists, they send these agents to do stone-pelting at the site of encounter," Singh told ANI.

Giving his opinion, the former union home secretary said that the organisers should be identified and punished as per law.

"The solution to this is that we should identify their organisers. Trial should take place then and they should be punished. It is very important to catch them and get them punished," he said. Earlier yesterday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it would not talk to the separatist leaders, who demand 'azaadi' (freedom).

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, top law officer representing the Centre, made this statement while the apex court was hearing a petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to take to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state.

Earlier in the day, the court asked the association leaders to get names of the people, who can hold talks with the Centre for the resolution of the present situation in the state.

JKHCBA was also asked to assure the top court that no stone pelting would be committed in the future if they wanted prohibition against the use of pellet guns.

The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to consider effective means other than use of pellet guns to quell stone pelting mobs in Jammu and Kashmir as it concerns life and death.

The Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHBA) had earlier alleged that the pellet guns were being 'misused'.

The case was filed in the wake of the several lives lost during last year unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Around 78 people lost their lives and over 100 people were injured, several critically, in Jammu and Kashmir last year due to the use of pellet guns, JKHCBA claimed in its petition.

The division bench of the Supreme Court had, in December last year, admitted the petition for hearing and directed the Central Government to submit the report of the team of experts constituted on the use of pellet guns before the court.

Earlier in July 2016, the Centre constituted a team to recommend suitable replacement for the pellet guns.

A seven-member expert committee set up for exploring other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons submitted its report to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in August.

Source: ANI