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.Updated: Feb 01, 2007, 14:12 IST
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.