"Many stakeholders have advocated that Pakistan needs to be engaged and that's why the minister has been vocal about it," a senior ministry official told NDTV.
While the Home minister wants to engage the Hurriyat too, the BJP has said any talks with separatists would be within the ambit of the constitution.
"The talks cannot be outside the framework of the constitution," BJP president Amit Shah had told reporters last week on the sidelines of a party function.
Reports reaching the home ministry suggest that hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani wants to decide about any dialogue with the government only after consultations with other separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
"The Hurriyat leadership will extend its full support to every serious effort aimed at resolving Kashmir so that peace prevails and bloodshed stops," Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted a couple of days ago.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) led by Shabir Shah has also said that "If India is serious in talks it must engage all parties to the dispute."
"The government has given indications that it wants to engage both internal as well as external stakeholders, which gives it an entirely different orientation," said a top source in the home ministry.
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