Interlocutors Move In Circles, Defer Roadmap Again

Interlocutors Move In Circles, Defer Roadmap Again

14 May 2011
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Having already overshot their self-declared roadmap deadline by nearly three months, New Delhi’s interlocutors for Kashmir on Saturday hinted at still more delay, saying that only a non-political set of recommendations would be presented ‘shortly’ in their six-monthly report to the central government. “We will not act in haste. When we frame our final report, it will be purposeful and decisive, with a direct bearing on a permanent and just solution of the Kashmir issue,” panel member Prof Radha Kumar told the KNS on the eve of the interlocutors’ 8th tour of Kashmir. Earlier this year, the panel had announced to submit its roadmap to the government by the end of February, but kept putting it off on one pretext or the other, the latest being assembly elections in several states. With the poll results already out, Prof Kumar today said that the panel had yet to meet some individuals and groups whom it would contact on its latest tour to the state beginning on Sunday. Though she said that engaging separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah was essential, Prof Kumar denied the panel having any plans to meet them in its upcoming visit. Assigned with a one-year term to formulate a solution since their appointment during the peak of the 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir, the interlocutors, have not been able to cut any ice with the separatists’ camp except for gate-crashing on Maulana Abbas Ansari at his residence during their last trip, an episode that caused Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to suspend him (Maulana Abbas) and his Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen from the Hurriyat (M). Prof Kumar said that she used to be in contact with all Kashmiri separatist leaders in the past as a civil society activist, but the latter now had objections in meeting her panel “which is on an important mission on Kashmir at the government level.” “As a civil society activist, I have met nearly all separatist leaders, and am fully conversant with their stand and views,” she said. “On taking up this assignment, we have studied the constitution of the united Hurriyat, the five points of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the four conditionalites of the Hurriyat (M), the autonomy proposal of the NC, the self-rule concept of the PDP and the vision document of Sajjad Ghani Lone in depth,” she said. “We will not stop pressing ahead. We are committed to the mandate and the responsibility given to us by the central government,” she said, asking ‘all parties linked to the Kashmir issue” to capitalise on the “present conducive atmosphere.”


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