Time to build pressure on Delhi: Mirwaiz
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday suggested that Mufti government should take cue from Tripura and build pressure on New Delhi to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said it was unfortunate that all the previous regimes in J&K remained non-serious on scraping of 'black laws' like AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act (DAA). "Tripura is a small state where
government showed commitment towards the mounting public demand on abrogation of AFSPA and ensured that the Act is scrapped," he said. "This is a lesson for the J&K government. Unfortunately, these parties make tall claims during election campaign but when they assume power they forget everything."
Mirwaiz said Mufti Sayeed must build pressure on New Delhi to do away with AFSPA in J&K within stipulated time. "The present regime must take a stand," he said. Mirwaiz said that during the past 25 years, AFSPA has claimed the lives of 60,000 to 70,000 innocent people. "At least 40 incidents have taken place in which 20 or more people were killed in each incident, but the killers took cover under AFSPA," he said.
"At present, there is massive public demand which is also fully backed by Hurriyat that AFSPA must go. Even Amnesty International and other rights bodies across the world have advocated scrapping of this Act from J&K."
He said when P. Chidambaram was the Home Minister of India; he used to claim that this Act needs to be reviewed. "But the Act continues to haunt the people of J&K as it gives full immunity to paramilitary forces and army to kill any one they wish," he said. Stating that the Act is the main reason for bloodshed in Kashmir, Mirwaiz urged the world bodies to play positive role in ensuring that the law is abrogated forthwith.
Mirwaiz said that while world is observing International Week for Disappeared persons, Kashmir continues to seek the whereabouts of at least 95000 missing people. "These people were picked from their homes and there is no clue whether they are dead or alive." Questioning the world bodies, Mirwaiz said how long Kashmiri people will have to bear the brunt of "State terrorism." "This is unfortunate that New Delhi continues with its military approach despite the fact that such tactics have failed to muzzle the genuine voices across the globe," he said.
Condemning the recent statement of Defence Minister ManoharParrikar that "terrorism will be dealt with terrorism", Mirwaiz said this indicates a deep rooted conspiracy being hatched against Kashmiri people. "It seems that New Delhi has plans to create a wedge among the people by dividing people. With the help of J&K government, Delhi may train people to fight own people, which is a dangerous move fraught with serious consequences," he said. "Delhi will be responsible for the consequences."
Mirwaiz said the use of pellet guns must be banned in Kashmir as suggested by Amnesty International. Mirwaiz also expressed solidarity with the families of Asiya and Neelofar, who were allegedly raped and murdered in Shopian in 2009.