Jammu: After Centre-appointed interlocutors in its report on J&K reportedly suggested government not to grant autonomy to the state on the lines of “pre-1953 situation”, the ruling National Conference and the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party seem to be in complete shock.

However, both the parties are yet to issue their statements on the report, they started to chalk out further strategy on the matter.

In the wake of the 2010 J&K unrest in which over hundreds of youths were killed, the Home Ministry had formed an interlocutors’ team comprising Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari. The team had submitted their report in October last year which has not been made public yet.

According to the sources, Union Minister and NC leader Farooq Abdullah has directed party leaders to hold protests across the state against the report and rake up the issue of Kashmir’s autonomy.

It is said that the NC leadership was already aware about the interlocutors’ report against the state’s autonomy, that’s why the party had again entrusted Dr Mustafa Kamal with the responsibility to mount pressure on the Centre by his provoking speeches in a bid to fuel the sentiments of Kashmiri people in favour of the autonomy.

“If newspapers’ reports are right then, we will assume that, interlocutors have just signed the Centre’s script. Though, commenting on the report before making it public makes no sense,” said Mehboob Beg, NC MP.

Similarly, the PDP was assuming that Interlocutors’ report would be positive on the Kashmir’s autonomy amid the absence of separatists’ participation in the peace process and people’s “resentment” towards ruling NC-Congress government.

“We never hoped for a positive report. We haven’t been availed the report, hence we cannot trust newspaper based reports,” said Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Former Deputy CM and PDP leader. 

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference said, the leaked report has vindicated its stand and that it had known what interlocutors were going to suggest.

“Our views about interlocutors have been vindicated. We knew that they were appointed only to divert world’s attention towards Kashmir that’s why we didn’t engage in any talks,” Hurriyat Conference said.

But, according to claims of English dailies, the report has clearly suggested that providing autonomy to Kashmir in line with pre-1953 will create a constitutional vacuum.

JPN/Bureau