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Amnesty is ‘assassination’ of the
|The Indian Home Minister L.K.Advani’s
recent statement that the Indian government was seriously considering to
grant general amnesty to the defence personnel who have violated human
rights, has received sharp criticism in Kashmir valley. Both anti- and
pro-India politicians have shown unanimity in reacting against the
The All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), while criticizing the Indian
Home Minister’s statement has termed this declaration as issuance of
license to the forces to kill Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, with no
accountability. The conference is of the opinion that Mr. Advani has taken
the line to gain political ground within the country.
What has added to surprise is the statement issued by National Human
Rights Commission chairman Mr JS Verma that the commission has no
objection, if Center withdraws cases against those uniformed men who are
charged with human rights abuses.
The Hurriyat Conference appealed to the world community to take cognizance
of Mr. Advani’s statement, which is a clear-cut encouragement of further
human rights violations.
Some pro-India parties and their Valley based leaders have expressed
similar views. Former Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed has said that Mr.
Advani’s statement indicated that he is heading a counter insurgency
group and is not the Home Minister of 1050 million Indians.
The Kashmir Bar Association has viewed on the same lines. The Bar
president Nazir Ahmad Ronga said that Mr Advani’s statement is
politically motivated and he has failed to estimate the dangerous
implications of such a move, if put into practice.
Shahid-ul-Islam, a senior leader of Awami Action Committee (AAC), headed
by Mirwaiz Ummar Farooq, said that Mr Advani was trying to gain more
popularity in India at the cost of blood of Kashmiri people. Shahid, a
lawyer by profession, said that such decisions would not deter people of
Kashmir to give up their demand for freedom. Agha Syed Mehdi of Anjuman-e-
Shariee Shiyaan said that Advani’s statement is a green signal to Indian
army and other forces to kill one and all in Kashmir.
The ruling National Conference leader GN Shaheen, the communist party of
India (M) state secretary M. Yusuf Tarigami, The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)
leaders Abdul Rashid Kabuli and Deen Mohammad Cheeta, PDP vice chairperson
Mufti Mehbooba and others have termed Advani’s announcement as
‘unfortunate’ and against human values.
On the other hand, two former chief Justices of Jammu & Kashmir have
sharply reacted against the home minister’s statement and have termed it
as an attempt to supercede the constitutional guarantees granted to common
people. they added that nobody could be placed above the law. The two
opined that no law in the world gives undue protection to the guilty as
the Indian home minister proposes to do.
The former chief justice of the state Mian Jalal-u-Din termed the move as
‘assassination of the Constitution itself’. Justice Jalal said that
such a decision by the Government of India is likely to tarnish the image
of India in the world.
Another retired chief justice of the state Mufti Bahau-Ddin Farooqi
expressed almost similar views: “Every citizen at whatsoever position
and level has to follow the procedural law and none should be treated to
be above law”, Mr. Farooqi said. q