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Omar opposes death to Guru, talks tough on rights violations

india Updated: Jun 26, 2010 23:47 IST
Toufiq Rashid & PTI
Toufiq Rashid & PTI
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said he will oppose Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru’s death sentence, if the Centre seeks his opinion.

A local news agency had quoted the CM as saying he would not put his signature on the death warrant if he were required to do so. Mohammad Afzal Guru has been awarded death for his role in the 2001 attack on the Parliament.

Though Abdullah was not available for comment, his office confirmed the news. “The CM will oppose the sentence if his opinion is sought.” “I am against the death sentence and ... if I am required to sign Guru’s death warrant, I will not do it,” the agency had quoted him.

Abdullah also talked tough on human rights violation in Kashmir. Chairing a meeting called to discuss the situation following the killing of two youths in Kashmir, he said on Saturday that his government will not tolerate any human rights violations and warned of severe action against perpetrators and disruptive elements.

Omar laid emphasis on the need for the security force personnel to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedures. He, however, said the government cannot afford to be complacent against those who want to be a law unto themselves.

Army chief for AFSPA

Army Chief General V.K. Singh has firmly opposed any dilution or withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in J&K, saying the demand was being made for “narrow political gains”.

Soldiers operating in “hostile environment” need legal protection to perform their tasks efficiently, Singh said. “Any dilution or withdrawal of AFSPA will lead to constraining our operations.”

“AFSPA is a misunderstood act and all who ask for its dilution or withdrawal, probably do so for narrow political gains,” he said in an interview.