New Delhi: The interlocutors on Indian Kashmir today submitted their initial report to Union Home Minister of India, P Chidambaram after their maiden visit to the region, with their leader Dileep Padgaonkar saying he is “hopeful” of a solution to the issue but did not have a “magic formula.”
According to Agence India Press, Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M.M. Ansari – met Home Minister P. Chidambaram at his office and gave their initial recommendations to him which they said can’t be made public.
They also maintained that they will continue making regular trips to Indian Kashmir to keep the dialogue going.
“We gave a series of recommendations and suggestions… We are now preparing to go back to Jammu and Kashmir. We shall do so as early as in 10 days and travel to district headquarters in the state,” Padgaonkar told reporters outside the home ministry office.
Dileep Padgaonkar and another interlocutor Radha Kumar had recently stirred a controversy by stating that Pakistan should be involved in finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue.
Ahead of their meeting today, Chidambaram on Monday asked them to refrain from giving a “ball-by-ball commentary” about the progress made in their dialogue.
The Home Minister said the interlocutors have, to some extent, changed the discourse in the state. “I sincerely hope that the people in the state will give peace a chance and give dialogue a chance,” he added.
Noting that the situation in the Valley was gradually getting back to normal, Chidambaram however added that it is “too early” to say that everything is normal there.”
The three were appointed by the home minister last month for a “serious dialogue to find a political solution” to the problems in the state following stone-pelting protests since June 11 that saw some 111 civilians killed, mostly in firing by security forces.
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