APHC to think over talks with India if AFSPA is revoked

Srinagar, January 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that the APHC will consider dialogue with New Delhi if the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), is revoked from the territory. The APHC Chairman in a media interview in Srinagar said, “Let them revoke the draconian AFSPA, we will think over talks with New Delhi.”

Earlier, addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Eid Milaad-un-Nabi, the Mirwaiz said that refusal to implement JS Verma Committee’s recommendations on AFSPA had once again exposed New Delhi’s ‘double standard. “New Delhi’s response that Verma committee’s recommendations can’t be implemented is very unfortunate. This speaks volumes about the double speak of the Indian government and its Kashmir policy,” he said.

The APHC Chairman welcomed the Verma panel report wherein stress had been laid on review of the AFSPA. He said that dialogue and human rights violations under AFSPA cover couldn’t go hand-in-hand. “I am surprised to see New Delhi denying AFSPA revocation despite the fact that its intelligence, civil society members and other agencies maintain that Kashmir is more peaceful now,” he added. He appealed to the world community and the human rights bodies to intervene in the AFSPA issue.

The Mirwaiz said, the APHC is not against Indian Republic Day but the fact remains that the day brings endless miseries for the people of Kashmir. “People are being frisked, vehicles stopped, identity cards checked on this day. By doing this, New Delhi is violating its democratic principles,” he maintained.

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