K-Panel Repeats Invite To Azadi Camp For Talks20 January 2011
Srinagar: New Delhi’s interlocutors for Kashmir on Thursday to repeated their invitation to the separatist leadership here for talks, asking them to name the time and place of their choosing for the interaction. Chief interlocutor, Dileep Padgaonkar, said that all separatist groups, including the Hurriyat factions, had been asked to present their stand and proposals in writing before the panel, which was still waiting for a response. Winding up their fourth visit of the state, the interlocutors said that their mission was in progress, and that they had an open mandate to talk to whoever they wished. “We have taken the initiative in writing to the separatist groups, including the Hurriyat, to submit their roadmaps in documented form if they did not wish to talk to us directly,” Padgaonkar said. “But we have received no response so far, and are waiting,” he said. He said that so far the panel had received a number of proposals, including the greater autonomy option of the NC, the self-rule proposal of the PDP, and the achievable nationhood document of Sajjad Ghani Lone, besides a document by the ANC. “The BJP has demanded the abrogation of Article 370, while the Panthers Party has given a 17-point charter,” he said, adding that all these inputs would go into the panel’s report to the centre. He said that there was a substantial degree of variation in the views voiced in the three regions of the state, and that the panel’s job would be to reduce the differences and move forward on the points of commonality. “We have been targeted with criticism on several occasions, but are engaged in conveying the the ground situation to the centre impartially,” he said.