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PDP for review of special powers of security forces

The ruling coalition partner, PDP, has demanded that the special powers conferred on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir be reviewed, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 14:12 IST
Arun Joshi

The ruling coalition partner, PDP, has demanded that the special powers  conferred on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir be reviewed and reduced because of the changed situation in the state.

“ The situation today is much different than it was in 1990 when the security forces were given special powers to deal with the  militancy. Since the  situation, it has become necessary that these powers be reviewed,” former Tourism  Minister  and senior PDP leader Ghulam Hassan Mir  has  asked the  Government to do so.

While appreciating the coalition Government’s “commitment  to uphold  human rights,” Mir made a passionate  plea for a review of the special powers of the  security forces which have “ given a license to them to  misuse their powers and commit excesses.”

He said that  the laws  - Jammu and Kashmir  Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Disturbed Areas Act – were introduced to deal with a particular situation in the state, but  it has been observed that the powers have been misused.

"As the situation has changed, it becomes imperative to  review these special powers conferred  on security forces.”

Mir urged the Chief  Minister that a review should be done and accordingly the  powers be reduced .

The PDP leader said what is more important is that the  government should do away with the "dusk to dawn" curfew in the villages and border areas in Jammu and Kashmir. This curfew  has resulted in restriction of the movement of the people, hurt their economic, social  and other aspects of life and also resulted in some unfortunate incidents of killing because of mistaken identity .

"At the same time, there is need  to  define specific timings and routes for the passage of the army convoys, because  it has been observed that the militants target the army convoys with grenades in crowded areas, causing avoidable casualties," he said.