Not wrong in attending Fai`s meetings: Padgaonkar

Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar said he had done nothing wrong and will not step down from the govt`s panel of interlocutors on Kashmir.

Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 16:45 PM IST

Srinagar: Amid demands for his resignation
for taking part in conferences organised by ISI agent Ghulam
Nabi Fai, veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar on Monday said he
had done nothing wrong and will not step down from the
government`s panel of interlocutors on Kashmir.

"If someone goes through the records of the seminars
and workshops I have attended over the past 30 years, they
might dig out that one was organised by this intelligence
agency or that banned group," Padgaonkar said over phone.

He said he will not step down from the interlocutors`
panel, a demand made by several groups including Shiv Sena and
Panun Kashmir. BJP had also criticised him for taking part in
events organised by Fai.

"I have not done anything wrong. I knew where his
(Fai`s) policies were leaning towards but I had no idea about
his source of funding," Padgaonkar said.

He said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has
fully supported him on the issue.

Padgaonkar`s statement comes days after Chidambaram made
light of the Centre`s chief interlocutor on Kashmir
participating in conferences organised by Fai, arrested in the
US for being ISI conduit for carrying out propaganda on

"Frankly, it has nothing to do with his role as
interlocutor. He went as a journalist some years ago along
with many other journalists, many other civil society members
and human rights activists.

"I don`t think that should be linked with his role as
an interlocutor because he did not attend any meeting of
Ghulam Nabi Fai after he was appointed as an interlocutor...I
don`t think it`s a fair connection," Chidambaram had said.