Jammu: In yet another attempt for finding a political solution to the Kashmir issue, the interlocutors, appointed by Centre, arrived to the Valley on Monday to hold consultations with the “intelligentsia and the academia”. They have also invited the separatist leaders for the talks.

On their eighth visit to the Valley, the three-member panel comprising veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari held an important meeting during round-table conference.

“The Central government is serious about the Kashmir issue and wants the problem to be solved peacefully. We have sought the opinions and suggestions of the expert group and will meet more and more people to know their point of view about this issue. Discussions are being held on various issues including self rule, autonomy and complete integration with the country,” said Ansari, one of the members of panel.

Ansari admitted, final report to be submitted to the Centre includes the proposal of autonomy for the Valley as well. “Before taking any decision, we are trying to ascertain the extent to which the state should be given the autonomy and what can be the results after it is implemented,” he said.

It was learnt that few are advocating to restore autonomy in the state, while there are some who want to have self-rule. Some organizations are vehemently supporting integration by ending Section 370. “We are trying to chalk out a middle path to resolve the problem,” said Ansari.

He added that they had extended invitations to the separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani and appealed them to come forward to meet us.

JPN/Bureau