Talks with Pak only after they offer for it: DyCM

GJ Report
Jammu, May 15: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta on Tuesday said that dialogue with Pakistan is acceptable but only after offered by them. “Talks should be held with Pakistan but only if they offer for it,” Mr Gupta told reporters here this afternoon after attending wreath laying ceremony of BSF constable who attained martyrdom in Pak firing. His reply came to a question regarding Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s demand for Indo-Pak talks. He however, said that our security forces are on alert and ready to face any challenge. Gupta also paid tributes to the martyred jawan. “Our security forces are doing a wonderful job and performing their duties despite all challenges,” he said and added that he will also hold a security review meeting late evening in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on May 19. Meanwhile Gupta on Tuesday also took stock of the preparations being put in place for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State on May 19. During his visit the Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate Tarakote Marg from Katra to Adhkuwari , Material Ropeway from Siar Dabri to Bhawan and lay foundation stone of Pakal Dul HE Project (1000 MW) and Jammu Ring Road from General Zorawar Singh Auditorium University of Jammu. Modi will also address the Sixth Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) during his visit. Gupta while chairing meeting with senior functionaries of various departments discussed in detail the overall preparation works being carried out in this regard. He asked the concerned departments to make sure that all necessary arrangements are being made well in time for the PM visit. He was informed about the arrangements being put in place with regard to security, reception, traffic, healthcare, seating arrangements, sanitation, drinking water and other related arrangements. The Deputy Chief Minister stressed on maintaining close coordination among various departments including security to ensure successful visit of the Prime Minister.