New Political Panel On Kashmir In The Making26 December 2010
Srinagar: Following the appointment of interlocutors by the Centre, various national political parties are likely to announce parallel panel on Kashmir Monday. According to sources, parliamentarians from the left and other non-United Progressive Alliance and non-National Democratic Alliance, parties are meeting tomorrow at the Communist Party of India office in New Delhi to discuss the steps to be taken for the “peace and justice” in Valley in the wake of summer unrest. The prominent politicians expected to attend the Monday meeting include Prakash Karat of CPI(M), AB Bardhan of CPI and Ram Vilas Paswan of Lok Janshakti Party, as invitations have already been sent to them by the Centre for Policy Analysis, spearheading the constitution of the new panel. “The Rashtriya Janta Dal is also expected to be a part of the new formation on Kashmir,” sources said, adding that this would be second meeting of the group after their Valley visit. They further said that among other proposals, the constitution of committee for peace and justice in Kashmir would also be discussed with all probity of group being formed tomorrow. “We will also discuss the report prepared on the groups’ visit and steps to be taken forthwith for restoration of peace in the Valley,” they said. Talking to Greater Kashmir eminent journalist and director for CPA, Seema Mustafa said that they would meet tomorrow to discuss various measures for Kashmir including setting up of the committee. “We have sent invitations to leaders of CPI, CPI (M), JD (U), LJSP, RJD and others for the meeting,” she said. Pertinently the 11-member group of parliamentarians and civil society led by LJSP chief Ram Vilas Paswan visited Valley earlier this month and met politicians from both camps and the victims of unrest. The group suggested revocation of Public Safety Act and selective withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.