Ready To Rectify Report: Interlocutors

Ready To Rectify Report: Interlocutors

27 May 2012
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Drawing flak from left, right and centre over their ‘controversial’ document on Kashmir, the Centre’s Interlocutors Sunday said they are ready to go over the report and recommend whatever “rectifications” are necessary. “We will be shortly on the job of getting feedback from different shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir on the report. If people ask for any amendments or corrections, we will recommend the same to the Home Ministry in our feedback report,” one of the interlocutors’ Radha Kumar told Greater Kashmir over phone from Delhi. Radha was among the panel of three interlocutors alongwith journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and former Information Commissioner MM Ansari constituted by the Centre in the wake of 2010 unrest in which more than 120 youth fell to the bullets of forces and police. She, however, hastened to add that mandate to incorporate the “rectifications” if any lies with Union Home Ministry. Pertinently, the 176-page report of the group of interlocutors was uploaded on the website of Union Home Ministry on Thursday, seven months after it was submitted to Home Minister P Chidambaram in October last year. Radha said their report shall have no implications on the larger political aspect of the Kashmir issue, but there should be no objection over continuation of minor Central laws which integrate the state with global economy. “The core political issues are separate matter to be discussed in their own terms,” she added. The interlocutors have, in their report, recommended review of the Centre laws and Articles extended to JK after 1952, besides other recommendations for addressing “regional aspirations” and doing away with harsher security laws. Radha said the mainstream camp in the valley is not dismissive of the report. “PDP has cautiously welcomed the report and said that some of the elements in report match their views. If Omar Abdullah’s position on report is taken as stand of NC, then party is waiting. While Mehboob Beg sought clarification but Mustafa Kamaal has been highly critical of interlocutors,” she added. The Chief Interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar said they are more than willing to meet separatist groups including Hurriyat to get feedback on the report “We want to get specific and structured feedback from them about our ideas, analysis and recommendations,” he said, adding all views would be taken into account in the feedback report. “We will try to get wider response from people of Jammu and Kashmir and the country before submitting our report,” he added.