Interlocutors are back in the Valley

Srinagar: Former interlocutors, Dileep Padgaonkar and Radha Kumar’s arrival in the valley, August 29 to seek a feedback on the report that they submitted to the Centre on October 12 last year and was made public on May 24, has drawn widespread flak. Describing it as a futile exercise, Additional General Secretary of National Conference, Dr Mustafa Kamaal said that the report has no constitutional relevance. “It is high time that New Delhi realizes that wounds of Kashmiris need to be healed. They should stop using Jammu Kashmir as a battlefield.”

“Their credentials are well-known. It hardly matters whether they’ve come in an official or unofficial capacity,” said Hurriyat (G) spokesperson, Ayaz Akbar.

“There is no need to talk to them as they’ve not done justice to their job,” said Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, adding “they’ve lost their credibility.”

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said, “They’ve ignored the historical perspective of Kashmir issue. By doing so they’ve proved that they are dishonest.”

Their meeting with civil society members witnessed heated exchange of words, August 30. Most participants were of the opinion that New Delhi had appointed interlocutors in 2010 to pave the way for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute but their report ignored this vital aspect and instead focused on administrative issues.

After meeting them, August 29 chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the report should form the basis to initiate dialogue between the centre and state. “It has been formulated after consultation with different groups across the state and discussion with various shades of opinion.”

Centre, August 8 had said that it isn’t planning any mechanism to implement interlocutors’ recommendations. The Centre had appointed three interlocutors on Kashmir following eruption of mass-protests here in 2010 resulting in the killing of about 120 youth allegedly in police and CRPF firing.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 10

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