Mufti welcomes Justice Verma’s recommendations

‘Don’t Reduce AFSPA Revocation To A Slogan Like Autonomy’

R S Pura, Jan 27:  Reiterating his call for strengthening institutional democracy and a strong justice delivery system in the state the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday welcomed the recommendations of Justice J S Verma about securing the dignity of women in conflict areas.
 Addressing an impressive public meeting at Phinder village in RS Pura today he said the amendments proposed by Justice Verma in AFSPA represent the minimum that is needed to establish the rule of law in the state of JK that has witnessed a serious deficit in governance, civil liberties and democratic process.
 Mufti said it was unfortunate that a state that acceded to India for its democratic system is reduced to fight even for basic democratic rights of legal remedies that are available to rest of the country and guaranteed by its constitution. It is true, he said that for some time the forces needed the cover of special laws but it cannot be said that those laws could become a permanent feature of our legal system. He said the PDP demanded revocation of the AFSPA that takes away the jurisdiction of civil courts in view of the vastly changed situation that will need return to normal application of laws. He said though Justice Verma's recommendations have been made in the context of the dignity of women only, these add a prestigious and highly respected judicial view to the discourse on the need to restore full civil liberties in J&K.
 Mufti said the people of J&K have always given full support to democratic system but unfortunately it has not met with adequate response from the powers that be. “In spite of having repeatedly participated in various elections after 2002 there has been no relief for the people in terms of a return to a full democratic system”, he said, cautioned, “Unless that is done the state cannot enjoy full normalcy, neither can the alienation be addressed”.
 He said that the removal of AFSPA should not be reduced to a slogan like autonomy but serious efforts must be made to bring the state at par with rest of the country on democratic scale.
 Coming down heavily on ruling National Conference for eroding sanctity of democratic institutions in the State, Mufti regretted that it was a historical fact that this party (National Conference) never allowed democracy to flourish in Jammu and Kashmir. “It is result of the deceit tactics of National Conference that unlike other parts of the country, people of Jammu and Kashmir never enjoyed real taste of democracy and democracy institutions”, he said and mentioned that except sloganeering National Conference has nothing to maintain democratic character of democratic institutions.
 “With its assiduous efforts the PDP had restored peoples’ faith in the democracy but the present government headed by NC is brazenly trying to undermine the democratic institutions”, Sayeed said and cautioned that such authoritarian attitude adopted by the coalition regime would be proved disastrous for the State.
 He reminded that infamous 1987 rigged Assembly elections had badly shattered peoples’ faith in the democratic system but it all due to the efforts of PDP that peoples’ faith was again restored in democracy.
 Mufti reminded that civic bodies elections, which were due in the month of February 2010, has been delayed with one or other excuse which reflected that this government was not interested to strengthen democratic institutions at grass root level.  He added that during the last four years this regime has eroded and undermined all prestigious democratic institutions be it Assembly, local bodies or Panchayati Raj Institutions.
 He reminded the people of border belt that PDP has pioneered a political and economic agenda to establish sustainable peace in the subcontinent. “Establishing lasting peace and to consolidate the reconciliation process is on the top of the agenda of PDP ", Sayeed said, adding, “Our party, through its pro-peace policies, has consolidated reconciliation process and facilitated the efforts of establishing peace in this region.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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