New Delhi: Dileep Padgaonkar, head of the
newly-appointed group of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir,
on Wednesday said they do not have any quick-fix solutions and will
try to cover the whole ambit of political opinion to recommend
steps aimed at bringing peace in the Valley.
"It is a huge responsibility, we don`t have a quick-fix
solution. One of our members is abroad, once she returns we
will draw the plan and be in the state at the earliest. We
will try to cover the whole ambit of political opinion and
grasp aspirations of the people of each region of Jammu and
Kashmir," Padgaonkar told agency.
The eminent journalist with vast experience on national
and international affairs has been given the responsibility to
chair the group nominated today by the Home Ministry which
also includes Central Information Commissioner M M Ansari and
academician Radha Kumar.
The decision to appoint a set of interlocutors was taken
at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired
by Prime Mamohan Singh, on September 25.
"Our endeavour is to make recommendations which should
bring peace and solve the Kashmir issue," Padgaonkar, who is
the consulting editor to `The Times of India`, said.
On hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani`s
statement that the effort was a "futile exercise", Padgaonkar
said "India is a vast country. He is only exercising his right
to freedom of expression."
"I have met Geelani in the past and this group will also
be reaching out to him and listen to what these people
(separatists) have to say," he said.
The terms and references of the group will be to hold
talks with all shades of opinion including mainstream
political parties and separatists.
The panel will cover views of all the three regions --
Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir.