Interlocutors’ Report To Focus On Political Solution15 February 2011
Srinagar: Ahead of their next visit to the state, the head of the panel of interlocutors on Kashmir Tuesday said their next report to be submitted to the Union Home Minister would be “broadly focusing on contours of political solution” to the Kashmir problem. “It will be unlike the earlier ones. It will be purely political in nature and focusing on the contours of political solution to the problem,” chief of the panel, Dileep Padgaonkar, told Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi. Though Padgaonkar, who is an eminent journalist, refused to elaborate, he said the report would be open for public debate. “We are in process of finalizing the document. In all possibilities it will be submitted by February end,” Padgaonkar responded when asked when they would submit the report to the Centre. In December last year, Chidambaram had said that contours of political solution to Kashmir problem were expected to emerge in next few months. Addressing a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry at New Delhi, Chidambaram had asked the group to shift focus on finding the contours of a political solution. The panel which also includes academician Radha Kumar and former Election Commissioner, MM Ansari, has already submitted three reports to the GoI which as per the reports broadly dealt with the confidence building measures and stressed that “peace and good governance” were pre-requisites for reaching a political solution. Responding to a query, Padgaonkar said the roadmap for Kashmir resolution would be submitted later. Earlier this month the Home Minister had assured Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee leaders led by its president Prof Saif-ud-din Soz at Jammu that they would be kept on board on any roadmap for Kashmir that may be worked out as per recommendations of the interlocutors. At the same time, the ruling National Conference and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party have started upping the ante on their respective formulas for a solution to the Kashmir issue. While NC is pitching for restoration of greater autonomy to JK, the PDP is seeking self-rule. The panel, which has been making monthly visits to JK, was expected to hold talks with all political parties, separatist groups, youth and students as part of New Delhi’s fresh initiative to solve Kashmir. Though it has asserted to come up with a roadmap on Kashmir in 9 months, since their appointment last October, they have failed to break ice with the separatists. The panel is visiting JK later this week and is expected to make an attempt to reach out to the separatists who, so far, have refused to talk.