Kashmir Committee Says No Govt Role In Its Revival25 April 2011
Srinagar: The recently 'revived' Kashmir Committee led by Ram Jethmalani today said that it has not sought any official patronage and did not see any conflict between itself and the Centre appointed interlocutors. 'We reiterate that the powers that be in New Delhi have had no role in activating the reconstituted Kashmir Committee as a parallel forum of a public dialogue with Jammu and Kashmir as mis-reported in a section of J&K newspapers,' the Committee said in a statement. It said they were supplementing the work of others seeking a viable solution to Kashmir issue. 'The Kashmir Committee has never sought nor obtained the patronage of any government and its credibility is built entirely on its relationship with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India,' the statement said. 'This, in our view, constitutes its core strength. 'The statements therefore by the Central government and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that the Kashmir Committee has no locus standi as far as the Government is concerned are meaningless,' it said. Jethmalani had recently said that they have decided to revive the decade-old Kashmir Committee. The committee said they are a group of concerned citizens supplementing the work of all others who have the same commitment and are engaged in pursuing the goal of Indo-Pak peace and an honorable and viable settlement of the Kashmir problem. The committee also said that it did not see any conflict between the Central government appointed Interlocutors and the newly-revived Kashmir Committee. 'Our press statement stated categorically that if their Report is found acceptable to the people of J&K, we would gladly lend it full support. 'Their failure to establish rapport with a section of Kashmiri leadership is not the reason why we have revived the Kashmir Committee,' it said. The statement said there would be need for civil society initiatives even if the interlocutors panel headed by veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar had managed to dialogue with the entire spectrum of Hurriyat leaders. 'Just as civil society groups of India and Pakistan have played a vital role in pushing their respective governments to explore peaceful solutions to Indo-Pak conflicts, so also civil society groups in India have a key role in pressuring the Central and state government to redress the legitimate grievances of the people of J&K,' it said. The committee said it does not come with any pre conceived ideas or ready-made formulae for the solution of the Kashmir problem.