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J-K interlocutors report to be out today
More bunkers to be removed from Kashmir
Arun Joshi/TNS

Jammu, May 23
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today wanted removal of more bunkers from Kashmir and also disclosed that the interlocutors’ report would be presented to the Parliament House library tomorrow. Soon thereafter, it would be uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Chidambaram presented a copy of the report to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at a security review meeting held in the summer capital of Srinagar, sources said.

The report, which contains the “roadmap to a political solution of the Kashmir issue”, has been awaited for over six months. It was submitted by the three Centre-appointed interlocutors, noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner MM Ansari last October.

Chidambaram , who was on a day’s tour of the state today, also wanted that 39 more bunkers should be removed to give the people a sense of relief in recognition of their contribution toward peace in 2011-2012. The government has already dismantled an equal number of bunkers from Srinagar city and its suburbs since 2011.

The demand for the removal of bunkers has been building up for the past several years, but it was only after the interlocutors were appointed on October 13, 2010 -- a period that saw a high level of street violence, clashes and over 100 deaths on the streets of Kashmir — that bunkers were removed from some parts of the summer capital.

Ehsan Fazili adds from Srinagar: Home Minister P Chidambaram and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed the law and order situation in the state. They also discussed security arrangements for the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra beginning June 25 during the two-hour meeting at the Nehru Guest House at Cheshma Shahi overlooking the Dal Lake.

Recent attempts of infiltration by armed militants from across the LoC and incidents of militant activity came up for discussion followed by measures to maintain peace and tranquility in the Valley on the pattern of the summer of 2011 after three consecutive years of unrest from 2008.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said maintenance of peace and tranquility, particularly through the summer months, was necessary for developmental activities and economic welfare.

Though much significance is being attached to the Home Minister’s visit ahead of Home Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan from tomorrow, P Chidambaram’s Kashmir visit is being described as a “routine visit to review the situation”.





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