No red lines for J&K interlocutors: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Home Minister P Chidambaram today 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.

-PTI

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