Omar discusses Kashmir interlocutors with PM

Omar Abdullah Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to discuss the appointment of interlocutors for a renewed dialogue with separatist leaders.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2010, 19:54 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to discuss the appointment of interlocutors for a renewed dialogue with separatist leaders in the troubled valley -- one of the main points in the government`s eight-point agenda for peace in Kashmir.

Abdullah apprised the Prime Minister of the latest situation in the state and also discussed the appointment of interlocutors who will begin the process of a sustained dialogue with all sections of people in Kashmir, especially the separatists, an official here said.

Sources said the team of interlocutors will be headed by a politician.

Home Minister P Chidambaram is believed to have discussed
the issue with Singh during a
one-on-one meeting this afternoon in which names of some
senior Congress leaders are understood to have figured.

The Centre is also reportedly mulling the option of
appointing a political person as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
for the first time in the history of the sensitive state,
official sources said.

Sources said Jammu and Kashmir has not had a political
person ever as Governor and appointment of a politician is
expected to give a major boost to the initiative.

The name of Union Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj
Chavan is believed to have been considered as the head of the
group of interlocutors and the names are expected to be
announced "as soon as possible".

There was speculation that former Chief Minister Digvijay
Singh could be among those considered but there was no
confirmation.

The appointment of interlocutors is part of the Centre`s
eight point peace initiative announced last fortnight.

Sources said most of the interlocutors would be from
outside Jammu and Kashmir but would be having fair idea about
the issues there.

The issue of appointing Muslim, Hindu and women
representative as interlocutors was also being considered,
sources said adding the chairman of the group would certain be
a close confidant of the Prime Minister.

The interlocutors, when appointed, would not limit their
visit only to Srinagar but certainly travel to small towns
like Baramulla, Anantnag, Sopore, Uri, Doda, Rajouri etc. and
interact with cross sections of people.

-Agencies inputs