Condemns ‘arbitrary arrests’
‘Will Take Up The Matter With CM’
Jammu, Mar 4: Assuring that the Government of India will announce more Confidence Building Measures (CBM) after the interlocutors submit their report, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh Friday condemned any kind of “arbitrary arrests”, if taking place in any part of the state.
Replying a query about the large-scale arrests being made, especially of the youth, across the Valley, possibly to prevent summer unrest this year, the Prime Minister said that he will discuss the matter with the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.
“All political parties should have vested interest that peace and tranquillity prevails in all parts of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said adding, “As far as arbitrary arrests are concerned, I have no hesitation in saying that such arbitrary arrests should not take place but I am not sure if they are taking place. However, I will talk to the Chief Minister and I have no hesitation in saying that any arbitrary arrest, of the kind being pointed out, are not consistent to the civilized governance that we are”.
On revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) Act and withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said "There is need to create a conducive atmosphere for lifting of the Act. We will be happy and Army will also be happy. When law and order improves there is no reason, Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) should be applicable."
With regard to the possible CBMs to be announced by the Government of India, the Prime Minister said such initiatives can be taken only after the interlocutors submit their report.
“CBMs are a matter which is being looked into by the team of interlocutors. We have asked them to talk to all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir. I am waiting for their report, and it is only thereafter we will come to the conclusion that something fresh needs to be done”, he adds.
The Prime Minister, however, expressed ignorance about the reported extradition request of Major Avtar Singh – accused of the kidnapping and murder of human rights lawyer Jaleel Andrabi - being made by the government of India with USA.
“I am not familiar with the particular case”, the PM replied, when asked if the government of India was sincere in ensuring extradition of Major Singh.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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