Govt seeks to distance itself from Kashmir Committee

Government sought to distance itself from the work of the Kashmir Committee headed by eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani that plans to open channels of dialogue with the people of the state.

Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 19:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Saturday sought to
distance itself from the work of the Kashmir Committee headed
by eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani that plans to open channels
of dialogue with the people of the state.

Highly placed sources said the government has nothing to
do with the Committee and the three interlocutors appointed by
it were only ones mandated to have dialogue with the people of
the state.
"We have nothing to do with the Kashmir Committee. No
member of the Committee has met the government. We continue to
engage with the people of the state only through the three
interlocutors," the sources said.

The clarification comes in the wake of confusion over
reports that the Centre had appointed another Kashmir
Committee which will hold parallel talks with separatists and
other groups in the state.
The three interlocutors appointed by the government in
October last year are Dileep Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha
Kumar.

Last Tuesday, Jethmalani had said that they decided to
revive the decade-old Kashmir Committee that aims to open
channels of dialogue with the people of the state to work out
solutions to the issue.

Apart from Jethmalani, the other member of the Kashmir
Committee include senior counsel Shanti Bhushan, academic and
editor Madhu Keshwar and journalist M J Akbar

The Kashmir Committee is planning to visit the state
next month to hold meetings with the people of the state,
including members of civil society, media persons, and people
with political affiliations including separatists.

PTI