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AFSPA brings bad name to India

‘Law misused in Kashmir to murder innocents: Prof. Saifuddin Soz

Rouf Pampori

Rouf Pampori

5 Dariya News

Srinagar , 20 Jul 2016

Former State Congress president Professor Saif-u-Din Soz  Wednesday asked Government of India that if it has even a modicum of a sense of proportion, it should revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Kashmir. He said that the general feeling based on experience in the state is that this draconian law has been misused in Kashmir much to the suffering of the innocent people, along with those who might have indulged in violence.Soz said that even the former Indian Home Minister P.Chidambaram was eager and ready to revoke this draconian Act, but he failed to convince the then Indian Defence Minister Antony who opted to go with the Generals.“The then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and many of us had tried to convince Antony but he did not relent,” he said.Soz said that the international community accepts India to be a democratic and a civilized society, but, at the same time, the international public opinion is much against this draconian law and it wants this black law to be scraped. “In fact AFSPA has brought a bad name to India. The recent firing, in which dozens of people in Kashmir got killed at the hands of Indian troopers needs a thorough probe as the general complaint is that the Standard Operating Procedure has been violated, in routine, during these unfortunate events.”Soz said that Government of India would be well advised to take notice of the fact that the people of Kashmir have rejected violence as an instrument of setting political disputes, but unfortunately Government of India refuses to recognize the reality. (CNS)



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