Interlocutors Revisiting Kashmir, Denied Permission to Tour Entire Valley

File Photo: Dal Lak,  Srinagar
File Photo: Dal Lake, Srinagar

Srinagar: The Center appointed interlocutors on Kashmir who were mandated to look for a political solution to Kashmir issue are revisiting the valley again to seek feedback after their report draw criticism from various cross sections of society in Kashmir.

The three member committee comprising of Dileep Padgaounkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari will visit Kashmir on August 30, 2012 to seek out suggestions on their report.

According to official sources, they have again been mandated by Center to determine what went wrong in the report, what areas need to be more focused and revisited.

“They will stay for a week in Kashmir and will be stationed in Srinagar. They had sought permission to tour the whole Kashmir to meet the people but higher ups were not satisfied with their suggestions and informed them to remain confined to Srinagar,” officials said.

The team had been given a one year time-frame to submit a report to the Center on a political solution to the Kashmir problem.

Within the ambit of Indian Constitution, the interlocutors had recommended the solution of Kashmir issue  as release of political prisoners and students held on charges of stone pelting, end to arrests of youth for their participation in 2010 protests and removal of bunkers from some residential areas of Srinagar city.

Earlier, separatists had termed the appointment of interlocutors and their reports as an ‘eye wash’ and to hoodwink the international community on Kashmir issue.

Zahid Maqbool is a freelance journalist based in Srinagar.

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