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Azad claims his is the most courageous govt

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 19:06 IST
Arun Joshi
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Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has claimed that his is the most "courageous government" of the times as it was under his regime, , an action that the preceding governments had not taken during their rule.

"We had the courage, we did it. They (previous governments) didn’t have it, they didn’t do it," Azad said while explaining action against two police officers in Jammu and Kashmir, one of them an SSP, a rarity of rarity in the State, where charges of human rights violations are as old as terrorism. To be precise it is an 18-year-old phenomenon," he told media in Jammu.

SSP Ganderbal HR Parihar and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bhadhur Ram, were arrested on Saturday. The cases of murder and abduction under FIR 06/2007 has been registered against them at Batmaloo police station, where the hapless villager Abdul Rehman Padroo’s missing report was lodged five weeks ago.

"No government before ours dared to uncover the truth. There were many custodial killings and disappearances , but no government could gather the guts to order a probe and expose the perpetrators," Azad said to a group of media people on Sunday.

Chief Minister said that he has sent this message at a time when positive developments were taking place vis-à-vis Kashmir. "We feel that the peoples' faith in the Government has increased, for we brought this crime to light," he said.

"A clear message has been sent that these crimes will not be tolerated. People have seen the will and capacity of our government. We, too, could have hidden the crime. But we preferred to investigate and unearth the truth. We did not shield their criminal acts. This has sent a right message all across the world."

Chief Minister also has delivered a stunning message to the two political groups- National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party- one opposition and another ally of his government.

National Conference has made a big issue. "We won’t sit in the working groups because each day bodies of innocents were being dug out of graves," NC president Omar Abdullah said.

Omar Abdullah also has spoken of constitution of 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' to look into the whole gamut of the human rights violations since 1990.

But he has not explained that as to why such a commission was not set up during the National Conference regime from 1996-2002. The Kashmiri Pandits were persecuted and forced to flee their homes, security forces had charges against them of extra judicial killings before and during the NC regime. In fact, the terrorism had erupted when NC was ruling the state (1987-1990).

National Conference ordered probe into the Pathribal killings and got the bodies exhumed of five innocent villagers only after a spate of protests and killing of eight people at Brakpora in South Kashmir. The victims were part of the demonstrators seeking probe into the disappearances of five villagers.

That probe was ordered after eight more lives were lost, today the probe has been ordered and the truth is being brought out without a single protest or shot being fired. It is being pointed out in local circles..

"We acted on a missing report and got the layers lifted from the truth," he said.

PDP, despite being an ally of Congress in the coalition government , has as usual acted as a critic. While party president Mehbooba Mufti claimed that during her father’s rule (2002-2005), a sense of security was restored among the people, she said that after that the "trend has reversed."

She has also demanded a judicial commission to look into all the cases of the disappearances. But the PDP did not constitute any such omission during its rule. Why? This question too has come to be asked. The similar question is being asked of NC President Omar Abdullah.

Azad has already answered the question as to why all the cases of the missing people could not be probed: "There are Kashmiri boys across the LoC, in training camps, some of them have settled in Pakistan and other countries. If they are among the missing people, then obviously all missing are not dead and if all missing are lying in graves, then who are the youth across the LOC, desperate to return to their homes," he asked.

But NC and PDP even after having heard this, are asking questions and making demands.

Email Arun Joshi: a_joshi957@rediffmail.com

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