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Demand for revocation of AFPSA in J&K

Srinagar: Reiterating its demand to ratify International Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), here on November 28 demanded that impunity should end by revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and perpetrators be punished.

“This in itself can become a confidence building measure towards people of Kashmir and can help in making processes of peace substantive, meaningful and result-oriented”, says Ghulam Nabi Mir, spokesperson of the Association during a monthly sit-in.

He further said “justice is never compromised. Truth is never buried. Lies are never sustained. The struggle of APDP can’t be exhausted or defeated as it is driven by principles of justice and love of our disappeared family members, whose memories can never be taken away from us. Truth shall overcome”.

The Association, he said believes “if government had taken report on unmarked and nameless graves seriously and initiated an inquiry, probably it would have acted as a deterrent against perpetrators, who executed three young men in a fake encounter at Machil in north Kashmirs’ Kupwara early this year”. He added “crimes continue as impunity persists. The impunity enjoyed by perpetrators isn’t purely legal but moral and political as well”.

Lashing out at Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, APDP spokesman said that despite assurances, government has failed to probe allegations of mass graves that were reported last year by International People’s Tribunal for human rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK) in collaboration with APDP. “The case of Machil fake encounter seems to be now a forgotten episode for government and army, but for us as an organization of family members of disappeared, the fight is against forgetfulness.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 22

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