The Centre's interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir - journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M M Ansari - interacting with mediapersons in Srinagar on September 21, 2011. UNI PHOTO
The Centre's interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir - journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M M Ansari - interacting with mediapersons in Srinagar on September 21, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Jammu

Interlocutors for settlement of Kashmir issue within Constitution

United News of India

Srinagar, September 21, 2011

The three interlocutors appointed by the Centre on Kashmir today said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved and they wanted a permanent settlement of the issue within the Constitution.

The interlocutors - journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M H Ansari - were speaking to journalists here at the end of their last official visit to Jammu and Kashmir before submitting a final report to the Centre on October 12, during which they had visited different parts of Jammu region and the Kashmir valley.

"The situation has improved a lot in the state and the team will finalise its report and submit it to the Centre on October 12 as per schedule," Mr Padgaonkar said.

In the report, he said, "we will try to address the political aspirations of the people of all the three regions of the state."

Mr Padgaonkar said, "The team's focus remained on finding a permanent political settlement of the Kashmir issue within the framework of Indian Constitution."

"In the report to be presented to the Centre we will try to address the concerns, demands, grievances and needs of the people," he added.

Giving details about their visits to the state since their appointment as the interlocutors last year, Mr Padgaonkar said they had met more than 700 delegations and leaders in all three regions and sub-regions in the state. "Our report will reflect the viewpoints expressed by everyone," he said.

The interlocutors were appointed after last year's summer unrest during which more than 120 people were killed, allegedly in firing by security forces and police, and property, mostly government, worth millions of rupees was damaged in the violence.

The interlocutors had met leaders of all mainstream parties during their visits here.

However, the separatist leaders, including both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference refused to meet the interlocutors.

The team members however, could meet former chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Moulana Abbas Ansari after they visited his house without informing him.

Mr Ansari was suspended from the amalgam but was later reinstated.

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