BJP seeks PMO clarification on Padgaonkars Pak comment

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 25 2010, 07:58am hrs
The BJP has taken strong exception to the mention of Pakistan by the head of the Centre-appointed group of interlocutors on Kashmir and demanded the PMO explain whether the Pakistan dimension was part of the brief given to the team. The main Opposition was agitated by Dileep Padgaonkars remarks in Srinagar that a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue was not possible with out the involvement of Pakistan. Is this a part of the brief given or has he stepped beyond the panels brief BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman sought to know.

She said Padgaonkars comments sound as if they (the panel) are rationalising Pakistans stand on its unfinished agenda on Kashmir. Furthermore, it seems as if the panel is arguing for the Hurriyat angle in this matter, she added and wondered, What was the Pakistan dimension that the interlocutor was referring to