Start Dialogue With Separatists: Padgaonkar Urges Delhi

Start Dialogue With Separatists: Padgaonkar Urges Delhi

4 November 2013
Kashmir Life


Srinagar: A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah advocated dialogue with separatists, Dilip Padgonkar, former chief interlocutor on Kashmir on Monday joined the chorus saying that Delhi should start a serious dialogue with all the stake holders including the separatist leaders in order to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. “New Delhi should engage in discussion all the stake holders of J&K including the separatist leaders. The only condition which always has been there is that they should have renounced the violence. And now when violence has been abandoned by them it is important for New Delhi that they should not hesitate to involve separatist leaders and all the stake holders in finding the solution to a problem including political one,” Padgonkar told a local news agency, KNS, over phone from Delhi. Dilip further said that Hurriyat leaders must show seriousness in initiating dialogue process with the government of India. “If fresh dialogue process begins separatists should response positively. Instead of rejecting the offer, they should shun the hardness and come to the table and also bring forth their ideas and demands, so that they can be discussed and via media find for the solutions for all the issues confronting the State,” he said. Emphasizing the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir to impress the government of India for implementing the interlocutors report, he said, “It is for the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir to impress the government of India to debate the report of interlocutors. This will pave a way to receive opinions from all the political quarters.” He further told KNS, that the group of interlocutors was established on the basis of recommendation made by all party delegation in 2010, so it is important that the all parties should come together to discuss the report and to reach some kind of consensus. Terming the poll boycott call given by Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani as useless he said, “It is a routine with Hurriyat leaders to give the poll boycott call, but the fact of the matter is people never listened to their boycott call and instead participated in the elections in large numbers.” Stating that third party mediation has no role to resolve Kashmir issue he said, “It was clearly written and signed in Shimla Agreement of 1972 that the two countries India and Pakistan will solve all the issues bilaterally and there is no need for third party mediation.”