Solution must be acceptable to all regions of J&K: Interlocutor

Any solution to the Kashmir issue must be acceptable to all regions and all sections of people of Jammu and Kashmir, Dileep Padgaonkar has said.

Jammu: Any solution to the Kashmir issue
must be acceptable to all regions and all sections of people
of Jammu and Kashmir, Dileep Padgaonkar, who heads the
Centre-appointed panel of interlocutors, said today after its
maiden visit to the state.

"Any kind of solution... must be acceptable to all
regions of J-K and to all sections of J-K people and it should
have complete endorsement of public opinion as is expressed in
Parliament of India and only then can we carry things
forward," he told reporters here before leaving for Delhi
alongwith another interlocutor Radha Kumar.

The interlocutors stressed that they had made a
"modest" beginning to a "long and arduous" journey.

"But we are at the beginning of a journey which is
going to be long and arduous one and we are prepared for it,"
Padgaonkar said.

In reply to a question on the interlocutors` proposed
meeting with BJP leader L K Advani in New Delhi, he said that
there were a lot of people whom they could not meet because
they were away for elections.

"We will go and brief the government and opposition
parties. We are also seeking appointment with the (members of)
All Party Delegation to give them impressions about what we
heard and what we learned in Srinagar and Jammu," he said.
The BJP has been critical of Padgaonkar`s comments
that Pakistan has to be involved while finding a permanent
solution to the Kashmir issue.

"This is the only first visit to try and learn
complexities in J&K situation and we will share our
impressions with them," Padgaonkar said, adding "we will also
seek their insights about how to proceed.

"This not an event but a process and the process is
going to take a long time to fructify," Padgaonkar said.

On the proposed talks with Advani, he said that he
cannot discuss the details as these are briefings and exchange
of ideas.

"Our determination is to go and tell political leaders
back in Delhi of what we have gathered," he said and added "so
it is completely premature to formulate opinions as we are in
the process of understanding and listening people which is our

In response to a query whether they had visited Kot
Bhalwal Jail in Jammu to meet separatist leaders Shabir Shah
and Abdul Qayoom, Padgaonkar said "that is not correct but we
went to jail to get details of detenues who have been there
for militancy related reasons and to find from jail as to
where their cases stood".

He said the Jail Superintendent provided them
comprehensive details about these aspects.

Padgaonkar emphasised that the three-member panel of
interlocutors will not meet any one "unless they invite us.

"We have said time and again that anyone who wishes to
speak to us, we will be happy to speak them," he said and
added "if they chose not to speak to us, I am sure they have
constraints or compulsions".