'K-Panel Report Should Form Basis Of Dialogue With Delhi'

'K-Panel Report Should Form Basis Of Dialogue With Delhi'

29 August 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: A day after he ruled out any further role for New Delhi’s interlocutors for Kashmir, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that their report “should form the basis to initiate a dialogue between the state and the centre.” Following a meeting with K-panel members Dileep Padgaonkar and Prof Radha Kumar who called on him earlier today, the chief minister conceded that that their mission had been “one of the most exhaustive exercises of its kind in the past two decades.” Abdullah’s remarks assume significance in the light of his and his party’s resentment at the K-panel report’s unflattering portrayal of the NC-led coalition government. Back in the valley for post-mission assessments, the interlocutors were treated to an unexpectedly favourable reception by the chief minister. “The Interlocutors’ Report has been formulated after consultation with different groups across the state and discussion with various shades of opinion as such making it one of the most exhaustive exercises of its kind in the last two decades,” the chief minister said after the meeting. “The report of such a nature will necessarily evoke divergent views and reactions among the cross-section of people who may argue differently, but an effort needs to be made so that the differences could be narrowed down and the majority of the people are unified on the broader contours of the political resolution,” he said. “The report should form the basis to initiate a dialogue between the centre and the state and pave the path of meeting the aspirations of the people of the state on the basis of a boarder consensus that emerges from the process of the internal dialogue,” he said.