Interlocutors start deliberations18 April 2011
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: Three Interlocutors appointed by Union Government started their deliberations with the academicians as well as intelligentsia here on the first day of Round Table Conference. The deliberations would continue tomorrow as more people were expected to join. The three Interlocutors led by veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and including academician Prof Radha Kumar as well as former Information Commissioner M M Ansari met some of the academicians here at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC). More than 50 persons joined the two day RTC. Along with the academicians some of the renowned civil society activists as well as prominent personalities joined the deliberations. They include the former Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, Mohammad Shafi Pandit. The Interlocutors and the RTC participants discussed threadbare various issues concerning the daily life of common masses. On the second day of the RTC it is expected that the intelligentsia as well as some of the religious groups would meet the Interlocutors and present their set of recommendations to them. The Interlocutors are expected to visit the residence of slain Jamiat Ahli Hadees president, Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah. More than 70 persons were expected to join the RTC proceedings and going by the reports most of them have confirmed their participation. While some of them joined the RTC today the others are expected to be present tomorrow. Padgaonkar said that the Interlocutors will hear the opinions and views of the academia and intelligentsia of the State on how to resolve Kashmir issue. 'We are meeting the intelligentsia today and will brief the media tomorrow about our visit,' he added. The team has been given one year to submit a report to the Centre for a political solution to the Kashmir problem. The Interlocutors have so far submitted six interim reports to the Centre in which they have recommended release of political prisoners and students held on charges of stone pelting, end to arrests of youths for participating in last year’s protests and removing bunkers from some residential areas of the city. As part of their recommendations, the Government has removed 40 bunkers from various parts of the city and many second rung separatist leaders and their sympathisers have been released.