KPs demand probe into Padgaonkar’s links with Fai
Jammu, July 23: A group of Kashmiri Pandit organizations Saturday demanded probe into the alleged links of New Delhi-appointed interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar with Ghulam Nabi Fai, arrested for his alleged connections with ISI by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
Addressing a joint press conference here today Panun Kashmir and All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) alleged that all the reports which have been submitted and final report prepared by the interlocutors have come under scanner.
“Is the final report prepared by the Padgaonkar carrying the agenda of Pakistan or Kashmir American Council (KAC)? It should be probed”, said PK president Ashwani Chrungoo.
Chrungoo said that chief interlocutor should resign from the post as he is enjoying the status and salary at the cost of public exchequer and deals with the complex issue which has bearing on the future of millions of people.
He said that Pandit activists and diaspora has done a remarkable job, against all odds to expose the people working against Indian interests. “The time has come for the government to take proactive measures and also take appropriate action against the elements found part of this circuit”, he said.
Pandits have alleged that all those people who were attending the conferences organised by the KAC should be exposed as they were acting as main supporters of the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking on the occasion, general secretary of ASKPC HL Chatta expressed serious concern over the reported participation of a number of Indian intellectuals, human rights activists, liberal secularists and some other activists in KAC sponsored seminars in US.
“The methodology adopted in these conferences has been to influence opinion makers particularly in Europe and America about the actual situation of Jammu and Kashmir”, Chatta alleged. Joint forum expressed concern over the participation of people connected with the affairs of the government with the KAC which allegedly act as front desk for Pakistan.
Forum has alleged that papers and resolutions passed in these conferences have always advocated anti-India line like independence of Kashmir. “It is to be noted that these leading intellectuals of India have been part of the anti-India resolution drafting committees in these seminars”, Chrungoo said.
D N Kissu, Chairman, NCMCC and Virender Raina, spokesperson of the joint forum were also present on the occasion.
GOVT SHOULD DECIDE HIS FATE: JETHMALANI
Maintaining that Dileep Padgaonkar should have been more careful with reference to Fai, Kashmir Committee today said the decision on his fate should be decided by the government.
"That (sacking of Padgaonkar) is a matter for the government to decide," Kashmir Committee Chairman and jurist Ram Jethmalani told reporters here late this afternoon.
He was replying to questions about Padgaonkar's fate in the aftermath of revelations that the chief interlocutor participated in seminars organised by Dr Fai's association.
"Padgaonkar has said that I did not know what was happening and who is he and what is he doing. I believe him. He should have been more careful," he said.
"It is unnecessarily disgracing him," KC chairman added.
To another question about the state government rejecting their committee and giving importance to the Interlocutors on Kashmir, he replied "We have done what Kashmir interlocutors could not do. They failed to meet separatists and Hurriyat leaders. We reached out to them and held several interactions."
"We have struck a friendship with Hurriyat. This is our greatest contribution and they have agreed in principle on various issues including shunning violence," he added.
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