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Interlocutors to submit report irrespective of separatist inputs

The Centre's interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday said they have made all possible efforts to involve the separatist and will submit their report to the government on the Kashmir issue irrespective of whether separatists give their opinion or not.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2011 16:34 IST
Toufiq Rashid

The Centre's interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday said they have made all possible efforts to involve the separatist and will submit their report to the government on the Kashmir issue irrespective of whether separatists give their opinion or not.

Reacting to the fact that none of the separatist leader has come to meet the group during their five visits to the state.

"We have stretched our limits of courtesy and the response has been negative. We consider their inputs as necessary. If we do not get inputs from the separatists, we will go ahead and submit the report (to Centre) nevertheless," said Dileep Padgoankar, head of the team.

The interlocutors had sent e-mail invitations to all separatist outfits, including both factions of Hurriyat Conference, asking them to give their inputs on resolution of Kashmir issue so that they could be incorporated in the final report to the Centre.

The interlocutors said Shabir Ahmad Shah was the only separatist leader who send a written reply to their invitation.

"His letter reiterates his stated position that talks would be irrelevant if `draconian laws are not youth not released," said Dileep Padgaonkar head of the team.

The team extended another invitation to Shah saying the team also believes `"We urge Shah to embark on an engagement with us so that the very first point on the agenda could be the issues he has listed in his letter," he said.

"CBMs of this nature should be considered within the sysmpathy and seriousness they deserve,’’ he added.

The interlocutors are likely to send the report to the home minister which will then be vetted by the prime minister of India. The report is to be submitted in March.

Padgaonkar also said the team will leave it to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to judge whether the stand taken by the separatist on not meeting them was right. The team has met about 35 delegations in their current trip.

Padgaonkar said that most of the people the team met during this visit "yielded a broad consensus that dialogue was the only way political settlement had to be found. The team also said most people they met insisted on preserving the unity and integrity of the state and assert state’s special status in the Indian Union."