Rajnath's 'no' to interlocutors for J&K welcomed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 19:21 IST

Union home minister Rajnath Singh's 'no' to interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir has been appreciated broadly in the Jammu region.

"It is not interlocutors' issue only. On many other instances also where the concerns of Jammu and Kashmir were raised, the vested interests in the Valley used to hijack the matter at the cost of the Jammu region," said Amit Gupta, 43, a social worker at Trikuta Nagar.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has also termed the interlocutors' need in state as futile exercise.

"It is inconsequent. The interlocutors' exercise was done in the time of Vajpayee also, which bore no fruit and the UPA also followed the futile exercise. There needs to be a pragmatic approach to look into the matter of the state and for this purpose, political will and vision are more important. An effort which may lead to an amicable and peaceful co-existence among the people of the state is an urgent need," said PDP MLC Nayeem Akhtar.

Panun Kashmir convener Agnishekehar endorsed the statement of Rajnath Singh, adding that there is no space for creating buffer zones in politics.

"Already, enough damage has been in the state due to various factors and the appointment of middlemen is one of the causes for such deterioration," said Agnishkehar.

Hari Om, Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and political advisor to MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, said that by giving such statement, the union home minister has sounded an alarm bell for Kashmir.

He said that Rajnath Singh had made it amply clear that Jammu and Kashmir is not a disputed territory and it is very much an integral part of India, that needs no middlemen like interlocutors.

"The recent interlocutors had assured the Kashmir that they would lay report to the UPA government with an appeal that constitutional provisions should be amended to incorporate 'Azaadi' for Kashmir which was very damaging," said Hari Om, adding that union home minister Rajnath Singh's strict 'no' to such practice is a clear signal to 'Kashmir leadership to behave.'

Union home minister Rajnath Singh has ruled out an appointment of any interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, saying such practices had been "non-productive" in the past.

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