Interlocutors hold talks with CM on 5th visit to J&K

The three central interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Monday held discussions with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 22:20 PM IST

Jammu: The three central interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir on Monday held discussions with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as they embarked on their fifth visit to the state in four months and also voiced their willingness to meet
the separatist leadership anywhere.

The government-appointed panel, which is awaiting a
response from the separatist leadership to its invitation for
a meeeting, said it was ready to meet them wherever they wish
the interlocutors to go for a dialogue.

"Tomorrow if and when, the Hurriyat and other separatist
leaders want to talk to us, we have absolutely no hesitation
in going to wherever they wish us to go to engage them in this
dialogue", Head of the team and veteran Journalist Dileep
Padgaonkar told reporters here.

"We have formally written to separatists and Hurriyat
leaders requesting them to send us the published documents on
their publically declared stand on this issue", he said. The
team leaves for Srinagar on February 23 where they will meet
civil society, editors and religious leaders.

The team has extended an invitation to separatist
leadership in the Valley, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani,
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Sajjad Lone for a meeting. However,
there has been no response so far from separatists.

The panel which also included academician Radha Kumar
and former election commissioner MM Ansari met Omar and
apprised him of the progress of their dialogue process and
interaction meetings with different shades of opinion in the
State.

During its meeting with Governor NN Vohra at Raj
Bhawan, the team discussed issues relating to law and order
situation, development, governance and emerging political
ideologies in the state, officials said.

Besides meeting Agriculture minister Gulam Hassan Mir,
the team held deliberations with Chief Secretary Madav Lal on
matters relating to governance, development, finance,
planning and fund allocations.

The team had earlier visited the state on October 23,
November 10, December 17 last year and January 18 this year.

After their previous visits, the panel had submitted
several recommendations to the Centre including expediting
cases of undertrials, permitting peaceful protests and
releasing militants and protesters against whom there are no
serious charges.

The team is scheduled to meet various heads of
Commissions including State Information Commission (SIC) and
State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) tommorrow. It will also
meet the representatives of the general public at the State
Guest house.

PTI