Interlocutors Hold Talks With Omar Abdullah On 5th Visit To J&K

Interlocutors Hold Talks With Omar Abdullah On 5th Visit To J&K

21 February 2011
Times of India


Jammu: The three central interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Monday held discussions with chief minister Omar Abdullah as they embarked on their fifth visit to the state in four months and also voiced their willingness to meet the separatist leadership anywhere. The government-appointed panel, which is awaiting a response from the separatist leadership to its invitation for a meeting, said it was ready to meet them wherever they wish the interlocutors to go for a dialogue. 'Tomorrow if and when, the Hurriyat and other separatist leaders want to talk to us, we have absolutely no hesitation in going to wherever they wish us to go to engage them in this dialogue', head of the team and veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar told reporters here. 'We have formally written to separatists and Hurriyat leaders requesting them to send us the published documents on their publically declared stand on this issue', he said. The team leaves for Srinagar on February 23 where they will meet civil society, editors and religious leaders. The team has extended an invitation to separatist leadership in the valley, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Sajjad Lone for a meeting. However, there has been no response so far from separatists. The panel which also included academician Radha Kumar and former election commissioner M M Ansari met Omar and apprised him of the progress of their dialogue process and interaction meetings with different shades of opinion in the state. During its meeting with governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhawan, the team discussed issues relating to law and order situation, development, governance and emerging political ideologies in the state, officials said. Besides meeting agriculture minister Gulam Hassan Mir, the team held deliberations with chief secretary Madav Lal on matters relating to governance, development, finance, planning and fund allocations. The team had earlier visited the state on October 23, November 10, December 17 last year and January 18 this year. After their previous visits, the panel had submitted several recommendations to the Centre including expediting cases of undertrials, permitting peaceful protests and releasing militants and protesters against whom there are no serious charges. The team is scheduled to meet various heads of commissions including state information commission (SIC) and state human rights commission (SHRC) on Tuesday. It will also meet the representatives of the general public at the state guest house.


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