Quiet Diplomacy Working: Pillai20 May 2010
New Delhi: Government of India Thursday said the quiet diplomacy on Kashmir initiated by the Home Minister P Chidambaram is working well and it was “yielding results.” “Quiet diplomacy initiated by the Home Minister is yielding results,” Home Secretary G K Pillai said in an interview with All India Radio. He said the process (quiet diplomacy) was helping in consolidating the points of view of the groups who are not part of the mainstream politics in the state. In response to a question regarding the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming visit to the state, Pillai said; “continuation of the internal dialogue process on Kashmir is of paramount importance.” He said the reports of five Working Groups on Kashmir set up by the Prime Minister are under consideration of the Government. Pertinently, while the separatists have been repeatedly denying being part of any such covert process, the state Congress president Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz other day also echoed the views similar to that of the Home Secretary on “quiet diplomacy”. “Quiet dialogue (with separatists) is on,” Soz told reporters here on Wednesday and added that the leaders (Hurriyat) must be in touch with them (the Government of India). Soz even credited himself for having contributed “in a small way in the process.” He had, however, refused to elaborate on what kind of dialogue was on between the Government of India and the separatists. The announcement regarding Government of India’s willingness to workout a unique solution of the Kashmir issue through ‘quiet dialogue, quiet diplomacy’ was made by Chidambaram in Srinagar last year. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an All-India newspaper editor’s conference here on 14 October 2009, Chidambaram had said; “India is not afraid of dialogue and is willing to talk to all shades of opinion in the state for a solution through quiet dialogue. The solution will be announced after the contours of the political solution assume a definitive shape.” The Home Secretary, in his interview today said that Pakistan was not happy with this process (quiet diplomacy) and infiltration from across the Line of Control continues. Expressing concern over growing infiltration, he said that Jammu and Kashmir police is now taking lead in dealing with the militants. Pillai said the central paramilitary forces and army would vacate all the school buildings and stadia etc in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this year. The Home Secretary said this year 1.50 lakh policemen are being recruited in the country and as per the UN norms 8 lakh policemen are needed for better policing against the sanctioned strength of 3 and half lakh in the country.