K-panel To Delay Report For Hurriyat Inputs

K-panel To Delay Report For Hurriyat Inputs

8 February 2011
Rising Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: The New Delhi-appointed team of interlocutors has decided to make serious efforts to take Hurriyat factions onboard before submitting the final draft of the Kashmir roadmap to Home Ministry by February end. The team is also studying proposals like Autonomy, Self-Rule, Achievable Nationhood and even Greater Autonomy to accommodate mainstream viewpoint in the roadmap as well. Sources said the team, comprising veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former information Commissioner M M Ansari, would arrive in the second week of February with an aim to reach out to the separatist camp. The trio was appointed by New Delhi in September last year, following the five-month unrest in the valley, to work out the permanent political settlement of Kashmir dispute. Talking to Rising Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, Padgaonkar said the month of February is ‘crucial’ for them as they have to submit the final report to home ministry by the month end. “We will soon be visiting Kashmir and Jammu regions simultaneously. This time we will try to meet those whom we couldn’t during our last four visits,” said Padgaonkar, who heads the team. The interlocutors have extensively toured many areas of the State and interacted with cross-section of society. However, the trio has not been able to meet the separatists, who have been ruling out possibility of any such meeting. “This time we have decided to reach out to the Hurriyat factions. We will convey them that if they are not ready to meet us, then they should submit their stand to us in writing,” the chief interlocutor said. “We are trying our best to reach out to them,” he added. Padgaonkar said they have already received copies of the proposals of major mainstream parties. “We are studying Autonomy proposal of National Conference, Self-Rule of Peoples Democratic Party, Greater Autonomy of Awami National Conference and Sajjad Lone’s Achievable Nationhood,” he said. Meanwhile, sources said the move was aimed to accommodate major political parties of the State in the roadmap. “Interlocutors met all major political parties. They are bound to include the views of all of them,” they said. The team is scheduled to make its last trip before submitting the roadmap in the second week of February. It will be the panel’s fifth visit to the valley since their appointment. So far they have covered almost all districts of the state. The panel has met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Governor N N Vohra, PDP chief Mahbooba Mufti, students, intellectuals, government officials, mainstream leaders, Kashmiri Pandits, Gujjar leaders and many delegations of civil society. What remains to be seen is whether the interlocutors would succeed to take separatists on board. It may be recalled that Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has already put forth five conditions before New Delhi-accepting Kashmir as a dispute, demilitarization, release of all political prisoners, punishment of people involved in the killing of 112 people and end to human rights violations in Kashmir. Hurriyat (M) has also set four conditions for initiation of dialogue with New Delhi which include withdrawal of forces from residential areas, end to human rights violations and release of prisoners and repealing all ‘black laws’ including AFSPA.


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