No prosecution in 168 IOK inquiries in 10 years

Srinagar, July 22 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, noted human rights defender, Khurram Parvez has said that a total of 168 inquiries ordered in the territory to probe rights violations carried out by the Indian armed forces during the past 10 years have either remained incomplete or the final reports did not lead to indictment of the guilty.

Khurram Parvez while sharing his findings to the media in Srinagar said, “An international investigation by a credible forum will be the only meaningful mechanism for providing justice in the recent massacre at Gool and also for all the crimes perpetrated by the Indian state actors in last 23 years.” Giving details he said that these also included 54 inquiries ordered into cases of rights violations in the territory since Omar Abdullah assumed office.”

The probe ordered by Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde into the BSF firing in Gool area of Ramban district, which left four persons dead and over 40 injured, was the latest addition to the list.

The human rights defender said the authorities ordered eight inquiries in 2008, 20 in 2009, 14 in 2010, 11 in 2011, eight in 2012 while five probes have already been ordered in 2013 till now. “But none of these probes has led to the prosecution of the armed forces,” said Parvez, the winner of 2006 Reebok Human Rights Award.

During the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Congress coalition government that ruled the territory between 2002 and 2008, 110 probes were ordered while four inquiries were ordered when the occupied Kashmir witnessed Governor’s rule after PDP withdrew support from the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad led government in 2008.

Giving more details, Parvez, who co-founded the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), said the authorities ordered 33 probes in 2003 when PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the chief minister, 25 inquiries in 2004, 21 in 2005, 11 in 2006 and 12 in 2007.

“Since 2003, 168 probes were ordered and not even once the inquiries have led to the prosecution of any armed forces personnel,” he said questioning the credibility of the probes conducted so far.

Imroz, who was awarded the 11th Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, said no punishment was given to the guilty even in the infamous Pathribal fake encounter case.

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