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J&K interlocutors overstepping brief: BJP

Oct 24, 2010 03:26 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) alleges the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors, who were appointed by the Centre, have overstepped their brief by talking about the Pakistan dimension of the Kashmir issue. After Dilip Padgaonkar, who heads the panel, spoke of a Pakistan dimension to the Kashmir issue.

A day after they began mission Kashmir, the three interlocutors have stepped into controversy.

The BJP has reacted angrily, asking the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to clarify the issue to the party and to the nation.

"It gives us a feeling that the panel already taking a Hurriyat stand. Is it a part of the brief that is given to the interlocutors? The PMO should immediately clarify to the BJP and the nation," said senior BJP leader Nirmala Seetaraman.

The three member team appointed by the Centre has said they were ready to talk to anyone, including the separatists.

"There is a Pakistan dimension to this issue since 1947. Any attempt to have a comprehensive solution without Pakistan's involvement is not possible. Pakistan has to be involved," said Padgaonkar.

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