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Kashmir interlocutors to submit 'initial document' in two weeks

india Updated: Feb 23, 2011 16:52 IST
Arteev Sharma
Arteev Sharma
Hindustan Times
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The Centre appointed interlocutors on Wednesday said they will submit the 'initial document' outlining the contours for ‘a political settlement’ of Jammu and Kashmir in two weeks.

The ‘initial document’ will be based on the study of five major documents including NC’s autonomy, PDP’s Self Rule, Sajjad Lone’s ‘Achievable Nationhood’, the proposal of the Awami National Conference and recommendations of the 5th Working Group headed by Justice Sagheer Ahmed, besides inputs gathered during their five visits to Jammu and Kashmir.

It will also take into account the Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s five points and moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik’s four points for resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“We will submit our initial document on the contours of the political settlement on Jammu and Kashmir in next two weeks,” veteran journalist, Dileep Padgaonkar, who heads the three member panel, told reporters before leaving for the Kashmir Valley.

Padgaonkar and his two colleagues, academician Radha Kumar and economist M M Ansari, are on their fifth visit to the state since they were appointed by the Government of India in October last year.

Padgaonkar said they have gathered sufficient inputs to bring out the 'initial document' for a ‘permanent political settlement’.

Though the chief interlocutor said the panel will not be able to factor in the initial document 'what the separatists want', Radha Kumar however, clarified that they have taken into account Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) -- four points of Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik and also five points of Syed Ali Shah Geelani -- for creating a conducive atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir.

She remarked, “We have taken into account the points proposed by the separatists; essentially the CBMs points that creates the conducive atmosphere and certainly we have incorporated them.”

The Hurriyat hawk’s pre condition for dialogue that “India should first accept that Kashmir is a disputed territory and then we shall enter into a dialogue with the Indian government,” will not be incorporated at all in the roadmap on “permanent political settlement of Jammu and Kashmir”.

The interlocutors had sent formal invitations to all separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah for dialogue. “We have written a formal letter to them saying we are willing to meet them anytime, anyplace they are choosing. So far we have received no response but we don’t give up hope and whenever they will decide, we will be willing to meet them,” Padgaonkar said.

The Hurriyat Conference however, said the matter would be discussed once its chairman returns from New Delhi. The hardline separatist leader has been asked by Delhi Police not to leave the national capital as he is to be quizzed in a money laundering case.