‘No red lines for J&K interlocutors’

Home Minister said the interlocutors have been tasked with a job to find a political solution.

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram Wednesday
said the three interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir have been
tasked with a job to chart a course towards finding a
political solution and there were no "red lines" to the panel.

"There are no red lines. Their main brief is to chart a
course towards a political solution. All the rest is in aid of
a political solution," he told reporters here.

Eminent journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, noted academician
Radha Kumar and Central Information Commissioner M M Ansari,
who were appointed as interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir on
October 13 had a meeting with Chidambaram yesterday.

"There is a political problem and we have to find a
political solution," Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram said the brief of the interlocutors was to
hold widest consultations in the state, meet a very large
number of people belonging to different sections of the
society, especially political parties, political leaders,
political groups, university teachers, students and NGOs.

"They will gather every shade of opinion on how to find a
political solution to the issue of J&K. There are no red
lines," the Home Minister said.

Chidambaram kept the option of appointment of a fourth
interlocutor open. "We may, I stand by may," he said when
asked about the possibility of inducting one more interlocutor
to the present three-member team.


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