Machil Fake Encounter: Army clarifies

Machil Fake Encounter: Army clarifies

The Army Commander had made no comments on the innocence or guilt of any individual. These are matters for the Court Martial to deicide

Reacting to a news story about Machil fake encounter, Army Thursday said that General Court Martial will decide whether Territorial Army (TA) soldier is guilty or innocent. 

“The Army Commander had made no comments on the innocence or guilt of any individual.  These are matters for the Court Martial to deicide,” an Army spokesman said.

The file of Machil fake encounter that was sent to GoC-in-chief northern Command for approval has been returned to GOC 15 Corps. Northern Command has asked 15 Corps to reinvestigate the role TA solider Abass Hussain Shah in Machil fake encounter. The TA soldier, as stated in police charge-sheet on April 29, 2010, along with two Ikwanis (government gunmen) lured three youths from Nadihal village to Kalaroos in Kupwara district with the promise of job and money.  

Our correspondent replies: 

I stand by my story and quotes I have used. The Army officer said that the TA solider, who was part of the act has been exonerated by General Court Martial. “File will be only cleared once the role of TA soldier is established,” he said.