Beg slams extensive use of PSA


Srinagar, Jan 20: Admitting that 2010 agitation was a “peaceful movement”, senior NC leader and Member Parliament, Dr Mehboob Beg Sunday said the policy of slapping Public Safety Acts (PSA) on the Kashmiri youth needs to be revisited to bridge the disconnect between people and the party.
He also said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) should be constituted on the lines of South Africa to find answers to the issues of disappearance of youth and unmarked graves. Addressing the party function at NC headquarters, Nawa-e-Subah complex, Dr Beg said 2010 agitation in Kashmir was a peaceful one but booking of the youth under PSA was a wrong decision of the government. “The government needs to revisit the youth-related policies. An impression is being created among the youth that NC was responsible for massive political mistakes in the past, which is not true,” Dr Beg said. “We need to bridge disconnect between NC and the youth.”
 He said Samajwadi Party MPs stated in the Parliament (in 2010) that stone-pelters in Kashmir were being paid Rs 500 a day. “I strongly objected to this statement in the Parliament. I told the Parliament that no mother in the world would prefer to see her son die for just Rs 500,” Dr Beg.
 He said there is a dire need of setting up TRC to address the issues like enforced disappearances of youth and the unmarked graves. “TRC has to be the replica of what we saw in South Africa after Apartheid,” Dr Beg said.
 He said NC was preparing for 2014 polls. “My advice to the new ministers is that they should not remain constituency specific and broaden their area of work. We have to work for the youth as well,” the NC MP said.
 He said NC would continue to remind New Delhi of its promises made to late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah about restoration of Autonomy. On the issue of granting Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) to the West Pakistan refugees, Dr Beg said he was the first to oppose the issue. “I made it clear in the Parliament that Government of India can settle the West Pakistan refugees anywhere in India but not in J&K,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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