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Omar demands SA-type panel

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 19:29 IST

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Opposition National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Saturday demanded constitution of a commission for inquiring all killings since 1989 on the pattern of South Africa's 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' constituted after the Apartheid.

Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Omar said that the judicial inquiry of a handful of human rights violation cases was not enough and added it was time for people to know about all killings since the outbreak of terrorism in the state in late Eighties.

He was referring to the fake encounter expose of the Kashmir Valley. "I feel people should know about all killings, those by the security forces as well as by militants," he said and demanded constitution of a commission on the pattern of 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, which was headed by a South African cleric and activist Desmond Mpilo Tutu.

"We want the state to correct the black history of the last 17 years in the state," Omar said.

He also demanded a white paper from the government on all missing persons of the state. "We know some of them have gone across the LoC. But there are others who went missing in custody," Omar added.

The former Union Minister for External Affairs Omar feels a lot is happening on Track II diplomacy about the Kashmir issue. "There are things that we are not able to understand but those are happening on Track II. Musharaff does well in publicity. Government of India does well silently. I hope, those are carried to Track I," he said giving examples of the changed terminologies of Pakistan President Parvez Musharaff. "Demilitarisation is now phased demilitarisation. Joint control now is joint supervision."

Omar termed demilitarisation of the state as an integral part of the Kashmir solution. "But the role of troops would always be there. We've borders with Pakistan. We've borders with China," he said.

He also revealed that after the NDA government at New Delhi rejected the NC's internal autonomy document, the then Prime Minister AB Vajpayee and deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on the last rituals of the wife of Sheikh Abdullah promised NC leaders to take up the document once again. "The promise was never kept," he said.

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