K-panel Report For Phased Demilitarization In JK26 December 2011
Srinagar: The interlocutors have recommended phased demilitarization as part of the durable solution for Jammu and Kashmir. They have also advocated “concrete” dialogue between the stakeholders within the ambit of Indian constitution, sources privy to the much-touted report told Rising Kashmir Monday. After studying the crucial roadmaps- autonomy, self-rule and achievable nationhood, the three-member panel has recommended restoration of things that have been “eroded” (with reference to autonomy proposal) besides pinpointing crucial economic measures in self-rule and achievable nationhood proposals. Highly placed sources said the political solution suggested by the panel- comprising veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M M Ansari- have linked their final recommendations with the ground situation in Kashmir. “Given the threadbare interactions with the people across the State, the demand for demilitarization was well observed by the panel so they recommended phased demilitarization at the internal level with a suggestion that infiltration had to be stopped after an agreement between India and Pakistan,” sources said. They said the panel was of the belief that if the two countries enter into a mutual agreement about plugging the infiltration, forces can be withdrawn from LoC as well. Sources said the withdrawal of forces would be part of the “long-lasting solution” as it would help build confidence among the people of J&K. The panel has also strongly recommended dialogue between the stakeholders with active participation of armed groups in the process. “The interlocutors have recognized that the armed groups, that are many in number, have to be taken on board for a durable solution,” they said. As part of the political solution, the K-panel has not specifically named autonomy, self-rule or achievable nationhood, but has framed a “mix” of things from all three roadmaps. “The panel talks about restoration of things eroded over the past many decades. It has agreed with the steps aimed at streamlining the State’s economy suggested in self-rule and achievable nationhood,” sources said. The interlocutors have avoided to pinpoint a specific solution and rather preferred to recommend things that would lead to the final settlement of the issue. “We have recommended things, issue by issue,” said one of the interlocutors, on the condition of anonymity. Sources said the K-panel has vociferously suggested upholding of J&K’s unique relation with Indian Union by virtue of Article 370. “The solution we have suggested is very much within the ambit of Indian constitution. It doesn’t in any way challenge the nation’s security or sovereignty,” the interlocutor said. The panel has already made it clear that they have recommended setting up of regional councils for equitable development of the State. The interlocutors have also recommended a series of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) like release of political prisoners including teenagers, removal of bunkers from the city and opening of passport offices at the district level. All these recommendations were partially implemented without any delay. “We are hopeful that soon after the parliament session ends, the Home Minister would convene All Party Meeting to make a forward movement on our report,” said an interlocutor.