Interlocutors begin fourth visit to J&K

The three interlocutors, appointed to initiate dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir on Monday met the BJP leadership here, as they began their fourth visit to the state.

Jammu: The three interlocutors, appointed to initiate dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir on Monday met the BJP leadership here, as they began their fourth visit to the state.

"We met the state BJP leadership and had elaborate discussion with them. We are satisfied with the discussion," head of the interlocutors` panel and noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar told reporters here today.

Refusing to answer questions on diverse issues, Padgaonkar said, "Please don`t embarrass us. We will meet you after a few days and answer all your questions."

The team, which includes academician Radha Kumar and former information commissioner M M Ansari besides Padgaonkar arrived on a five-day visit to the state.

The interlocutors will interact with Jammu-based political groups, whom they couldn`t meet last time.

BJP had boycotted the visit of Kashmir interlocutors during their past three visits, in view of their statements over Azadi and other Kashmir-centric issues.

"We met the interlocutors here. They had come to meet us. We are satisfied with the meeting and handed them over the full memorandum, which was passed by the National Office Bearers (NoB) meeting in Jammu on December 23 and endorsed at
BJP Executive meet at Guwahati last week," Senior BJP leader and Executive member Jitender Singh told reporters here.

The team is also scheduled to go to Udhampur before leaving for Valley on January 19. They will meet a cross section of people, including mainstream political parties in Budgam district before leaving back for New Delhi on January 21.

The team is expected to submit the final roadmap about the contours of solution to Kashmir issue to the central government next month.

The three-member panel has so far submitted a number of recommendations to the central government, including expediting cases of under-trials, permitting peaceful protests and releasing militants and protesters against whom there are
no serious charges.

PTI

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