Srinagar: National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday termed the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as a new interlocutor to J&K as “nothing new”.
Addressing a public gathering in Tangdar area of Kupwara, Farooq said, “I have very little expectations from this new interlocutor. Like it has been done before, he will come and meet people. In 2010, the then UPA government appointed a group of interlocutors who visited the state and had detailed discussions with every section of society here. The process took more than two months and after they were done with meeting people, a report was compiled. What happened to that report? Did the government discuss that report in any forum, including the Parliament? No. Instead, it has been thrown into a dustbin somewhere in North Block. It was followed by a delegation comprising parliamentarians who visited Kashmir. What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing. So, I expect nothing to happen now as well.”
Farooq Abdullah rued the BJP government’s ambiguous Kashmir policy. “Ever since the Modi-led government assumed power, their Kashmir policy has been swinging like a pendulum. The appointment of the new interlocutor is itself mired in controversies. Home Minister Rajnath Singh describes him as an interlocutor whereas the very next day another minister in the PMO designates him as a mere spokesperson. When the mandate given to Mr Dineshwar Sharma is not clearly specified, then what is the point in having deliberations with him?”
Describing autonomy as the core political agenda of his party, Farooq said, “Our stand on resolving the issue of J&K politically is loud and clear: the restoration of the pre-1953 situation.”
“For upholding the political dignity and rights of the people of J&K, restoration of autonomy is must,” he said.