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J&K report to be submitted today

india Updated: Oct 12, 2011 02:09 IST
Arun Joshi

The three central interlocutors on J&K will be submitting their final report, focused on a 'political settlement', to Union home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday after their one-year term.

Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former information commissioner MM Ansari were appointed for the job on October 13 last year. They have been submitting interim reports each month.

Padgaonkar told Hindustan Times on Tuesday they had "sought time from the home minister for tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) to submit the report". "Our mandate was to (interact with) all sections of people of J&K and prepare a report, it is focused on the political settlement" of the state. But he did not specify what kind of political settlement had been suggested as he maintained that it was "confidential".

"It is for the government to make it public or not."

This will be the first report after those of five working groups constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. While four working groups had submitted their reports in 2007, Justice Sageer Ahmad's report came in 2009.