Delayed Report: Interlocutors Blame Hurriyat2 April 2011
Srinagar: The recent cricket diplomacy between India and Pakistan, ongoing assembly elections in five states of India and lack of consensus between different political parties in Kashmir has delayed the report of Kashmir interlocutors which they were supposed to submit to Ministry of Home Affairs last month, former Chief Information Commissioner and interlocutor for Kashmir, M M Ansari, said on Saturday. Stating that that different voice emanating within Kashmiri leadership was a major hurdle in resolution of vexed Kashmir problem, Ansari, said that Indian and J&K constitutions were flexible enough to extend political autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir to any extent. Speaking to KNS in New Delhi, Ansari said, “Mainstream parties like National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and separatist parties speak in different voices. There is lack of clarity on the question of autonomy, self-rule or independence which they have been voicing at different forums.” “Resolution of Kashmir conflict is possible provided there is clarity about the aspiration of political parties. It is necessary for Kashmiri leaders to reach to any consensus, so that discussions and deliberations could be carried out over this sensitive issue,” he added. Ansari said that as Union Home Minster, P Chidambaram, was busy due to the elections in five states, ‘he has no time to examine our report.’ “The recent developments emanating from meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yosuf Raza Gillani in Mohali may also have forced to re-think the whole matter,” he said. Ansari revealed that the interlocutors received representation from Hurriyat Conference (M) when they were on a tour of Rajouri and Poonch. “Two groups met us and submitted representation on behalf of Mirwaiz,” he said, Ansari also revealed that a senior separatist leader met interlocutors in New Delhi. “We got feedback from separatists as some of there office bearers met us. They (separatists) are trying to forge consensus as to when and where they should meet us,” he added. Asked what has been the impact of interlocutors reports submitted to Union Home Ministry on monthly basis by them, Ansari said, “Confidence Building Measures which include the removal of bunkers, releasing of political prisoners, reduction of troops and providing employment to youth have been recommended. And there are some positive developments like bunkers have been removed in some parts of city.” Asked about ongoing arrest spree in the Valley, he said, “I agree still arrests are happening, but the police are doing it in transparent manner now. Only those people are being arrested who were involved in violence and against whom there are concrete proofs.” Ansari assured the people that justice will be done with the people who have grievances. “No innocent will be harassed and if anybody has any grievance he can contact us and we assure justice would be done.” On denial of passports to some people, Ansari said, “Passport will be issued to anybody wants to.” We want empowerment of Kashmiris.” Touching religion, Ansari said that in Islam azadi means practicing religion with freedom. “In Kashmir we have it. So there is need for more autonomy and financial freedom,” he added.