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Reactions of political parties to the army's court martial

"It is a welcome step. We strongly feel the proceedings be made transparent so that there is no scope for any allegation or feeling of a cover up. The way the Army is approaching the case, we believe it provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in the institution," said Tanvir Sadiq, political advisor to chief minister Omar Abdullah.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2013 20:59 IST
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"It is a welcome step. We strongly feel the proceedings be made transparent so that there is no scope for any allegation or feeling of a cover up. The way the Army is approaching the case, we believe it provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in the institution," said Tanvir Sadiq, political advisor to chief minister Omar Abdullah.


"This is a very good decision but it should inspire Chief Minister to punish those who have killed 120 innocent youth in 2010. There are many who are yet to receive justice," said opposition Peoples' Democratic Party spokesperson Nayeem Akhter.

"It is good that the case has been highlighted but Kashmir has witnessed many such fake encounters that need to be internationally investigated. In fact, it is our stand that all the war crimes committed by the army officers here should be investigated and the culprits should be booked," said hardline Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar.

"I welcome the decision of the defence ministry to institute a court martial against the Army officers who had maneuvered a fake encounter at Machil which had resulted in the death of three innocent persons. The army deserves kudos for this action," said Congress MP and Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz.

Soz had in the past locked horns with CM Omar Abdullah over the issue of removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Acts, when Omar had last year stated it would be revoked partially from some areas within a month.
"My understanding is that the Army has largely performed it's duty well at the borders. But, those who violate Human Rights shall have to be identified and punished under law of the land," said Soz.