Interlocutors In The Dark About Action On Report30 November 2011
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Even six weeks after they submitted their report on the political solution to the Kashmir problem, the three interlocutors appointed by the Centre have no clue what happened to it. It has been learnt that among other suggestions, they had recommended the contentious issue of revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state in consultation with the army and other stakeholders. CM Omar Abdullah wants to get this law revoked from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, but his efforts have been stonewalled by the army and some political groups that feel this will change the security climate in the state. The team of mediators - comprising journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former information commissioner MM Ansari - was formed after almost 120 young people died in Kashmir last year during the summer agitation. The report was the result of a year's efforts. The team had submitted its report to home minister P Chidambaram on October 12 after visiting the state nearly 12 times and interacting with more than 700 delegations but not any of the two Hurriyat factions, which boycotted the team. 'We have absolutely no idea what's happened to the report,' Padgaonkar, the head of the team, told HT on Tuesday. He said they had hoped the report would be 'shared with the all-party delegation (which visited Kashmir in September 2010) because it was on their recommendation that the group of interlocutors was created'. Padgaonkar said they had also hoped the report would be in the public domain soon. 'I don't know what the compulsions for not making the report public are.' Radha Kumar too expressed her worries. 'We are deeply concerned that nothing has happened on the report.'