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Involve Pok, Parliament: J&K team

New Delhi’s three-member team of mediators on Kashmir, suggested to take Pakistan-occupied Kashmir leadership and Indian Parliament on board to hammer out a permanent solution to the issue. Peerzada Ashiq reports.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2010 02:06 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

New Delhi’s three-member team of mediators on Kashmir, suggested to take Pakistan-occupied Kashmir leadership and Indian Parliament on board to hammer out a permanent solution to the issue.

“Yes we would like to visit PoK to talk to the leadership there to get their point of view on the issue…Also our exercise will be futile if the Parliament, which represents the political opinion of the country, is not taken on board. It’s a huge task but it has to be done," said Dileep Padgaonkar, in an all-journalist meet in Srinagar in the morning.

The team, which failed to have audience of any of separatist leaders during their maiden four-day trip to Kashmir valley, will meet right wing and Kashmiri Pandit groups in Jammu.

Under fire from right wing political parties for describing Kashmir a “dispute” and “Pakistan a party to it”, Padgoankar said: “We will be meeting LK Advani (senior BJP leader) when we go back to Delhi to know about the autonomy resolution and why it was dismissed.”

Hinting at looking for a solution within Indian Constitution, academic and Kashmir interlocutor Radha Kumar said, “If there comes a time when all parties to the Kashmir issue decided on a solution, and that solution is not within Indian constitution, Indian Parliament can amend it,” Kumar told the reporters at the end of a four-day visit to the valley.

The panel --- Dileep Padgoankar, MM Ansari and Radha Kumar --- will stay in Jammu for two days. It’s likely to recommend to New Delhi to make amendments in the Public Safety Act, release of political prisoners and allow peaceful protests.

“"There is no need of imposing section 144 to quell the assembly of the people for peaceful demonstrations," said Padgoankar.

The team has decided to ask for an Action Taken Report (ATR) from the Centre on the recommendations submitted by the five working groups formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006 to look at various aspects of Kashmir issue including political and economic aspects.