KCSDS spokesperson in a statement said the book was reviewed and thoroughly discussed by academics, journalists , students and civil society members.
Introducing the book, Chairperson KCSDS, Prof. Hameedah Nayeem, said it was chosen for review and deliberation out of hundreds of books. "The contents of the book serve as an endorsement of our stories that we have been telling of the dirty business of security agencies in Kashmir," she said.
"It is a testimony of the truth of our testimonies which have been routinely dismissed with disdain by the powers that be and even by Indian citizens as imaginary tales of oppression and victimhood; as they are fed on falsified official versions of the ground reality in Kashmir vis a vis security forces operations , staged encounters euphemistically called extrajudicial killings which are actually institutionalized murders for money , promotions, chakras and ranks," Prof Hameedah said.
"Random killings for personal gain under the guise of national security happens with alarming frequency. The uncertain relationship between legitimate and illegitimate violence is at the heart of state making. The legal sanction of illegality in the name of public order gives rise to check points, encounter killings, human shields, disappearances, and even invisiblising, disguising or fictionalsing killings by branding them as militants or Pakistanis," she said.
"The author seriously questions the democratic credentials of the state which had to bring at least 12 draconian Acts in 60 years of its independence to eliminate resistance movements of the citizens and to provide protection to security personnel against prosecution for the crimes they have and are committing against citizens. Such Acts are part of the totalitarian fascist regimes and out of place in democracies," she said.
The three reviewers Ajaz-ul-Haq and Gowher Gilani and Dr Javaid Iqbal presented comprehensive reviews of the book which would be published in the coming days. The reviews were followed by lively and informed discussion.