Mirwaiz for commission to probe missing persons in J&K
He expresses reservation over the police inquiry on fake encounters, reports Rashid Ahmad.Updated: Feb 04, 2007, 20:27 IST
Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq, chairman of a faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has pleaded for cessation of all hostilities by declaring ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen the ongoing dialogue process. He however, asked militant leaders that the initiative should come from them, which should be reciprocated by the Government of India.
Talking to mediapersons at Hurriyat headquarters in Raj Bagh on Sunday, the Mirwaiz said that the issue of Kashmir could not be resolved through military means. “It is a political issue and can be solved by political means,” he said adding, "The ongoing dialogue process was moving in the right direction.”
He said the cessation of hostilities was a must for strengthening the dialogue process. “The initiative should come from Mujahideen leaders. They should declare ceasefire and Government of India should reciprocate this initiative,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz described his recent Pakistan visit as a “major success” and said that the Pakistani leadership appreciated “our stand on the issue”. Mirwaiz, leading a three-member team of Hurriyat leaders returned from 9-day visit of Pakistan on Thursday as a part of his factions efforts to work out a negotiable solution of Kashmir problem. “We heard all shades of opinions in Pakistan including that of President General Musharaf's and had discussions with them. We also met militant leaders. The militant leadership has some inhibitions with regard to the dialogue process. But these (inhibitions) are coming down”, he said.
He said that Pakistan President General Parvez Musharaf’s four-point formula to resolve the issue of Kashmir was a good beginning. “This must be discussed at all levels in India and Pakistan. It can prove a good beginning to resolve this long-pending issue”, he said.
Mirwaiz expressed grave concern on what he alleged unending violation of human rights by security forces in Kashmir and extended all out support to the protest strike called by JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday in Kashmir. He rejected the police investigations into the fake encounter cases in Ganderbal and said “it is a great dilemma that the investigations are being conducted by police while police itself is involved in these killings. This is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir”.
Mirwaiz sought probe by some independent inquiry commission into all the case of disappearances that have taken place in the state since 1990. He said that 8,000 persons have gone missing in the valley in the past 17 years.
He demanded withdrawal of armed forces special powers act (AFSPA), Disturbed Area Act and Public Safety Act.