Srinagar, Dec 1: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted sharply over the reports about Governor administration fiddling with the existing state subject laws and amendment made in Jammu & Kashmir Protection of Human Rights Act, and urged it not to act beyond its mandate.
The Governor administration has cleared a proposal that has turned the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) incapable of investigating any complaint of human rights violation submitted one year after the incident.
Furthermore, the government is planning a major change in the existing laws for acquiring permanent resident certificate in Jammu and Kashmir.
Cautioning the Governor against the attempts to reinvent everything in Jammu and Kashmir, former Minister and PDP General Secretary Abdul Haq Khan on Saturday said that Governor rule is a transitory arrangement and he (Satya Pal Malik) should avoid disrupting the existing laws and procedures in the state. “Governor’s administration has already taken several steps which have caused suspicion in the minds of people. Now going into the most crucial and important territory of PRC and human rights could further disturb the situation on the ground. It is well advised to the Governor administration not to fiddle with existing systems and procedures,” Khan said in a statement.
He added that the PRC is a sensitive issue and there have been complaints in the past also that some non-state subjects have acquired the certificates in spite of the foolproof arrangements.
The PDP leader said that the system of granting the PRC is an established practice and should not be diluted at any cost. “This is a matter of the identity of the state and any attempt to relax it will meet with resistance. It can open a Pandora box if the procedure is relaxed in any way. The system in vogue is the outcome of generation’s wisdom and departmental procedures. Same cannot be undone or fiddled with at whims of somebody,” Khan said, adding that it is surprising that some people in the administration are out to damage the credibility of Governor’s administration and to further aggravate the sense of alienation among the people.
Khan said further: “These decisions seen along with the earlier downgrade of JK Bank as a PSU indicates that the present administration is out to undo the existing systems in a classic display of trying to fix what is not broken.”
The PDP leader also expressed serious concern over the latest government decision according to which State Human Rights Commission cannot entertain complaints older than a year. Khan said that the people of Jammu Kashmir have been worst victims of human rights violations and there is no time frame for the problems they have faced. He added that bringing the amendment in the state Human rights Act just because the provision exists in national law is unacceptable and unnatural. “The law should be kept as it is and such decisions should be left to the elected governments of the state. SHRC is the sole institution which in spite of its restrictions has been able to at least listen to the problems of the people and take them to the public knowledge even if redressal is not available in all cases,” said Abdul Haq Khan.
Pulwama man killed in cross firing had no militant links: Police tells SHRC
Srinagar, Dec 12: A report submitted by the senior superintendent of police before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in connection with the killing of a civilian of Pulwama said that he was not having any militant connection or involved in any criminal activity.
The SSP Pulwama’s report has come in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/175/Pul/2018.
The police report reads that during the course of investigations, the investigating officer seized the AK 47 magazine, 08 cartridges and 3 cartridges of INSAS. “During investigations at some distance from the scene of occurrence a vehicle bearing registration number JKO1G 9688 in which injured person namely Bilal Ahmed Ganai of Narwa Pulwama was found and four cartridges of AK 47 also seized from the vehicle. The injured was taken to district hospital Pulwama, where he was declared brought dead,” the police report reads. It states that slain driver Bilal was not involved in any militant activity nor was he having any criminal activity/case against him in police station Pulwama.
The report also stated that on May 27, 2018, 50 RR unit had deployed a Naka at Kakapora and in the meantime a sumo vehicle registration number JKO1G9688 was coming in suspicious circumstances. “The vehicle was asked to stop for checking purpose but instead of giving any response to the signal, unknown militants on board started indiscriminate firing on the naka party with the intention to kill them and the naka party retaliated in self defence and during the firing one constable Vikram Singh of 50 RR sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to 92 base hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the report reads.
The petitioner, however, said that the civilian Bilal was killed for his no fault and it stands proved now and urged the SHRC to ensure that the Bilal’s family is given proper compensation and a job to next of kin of slain. (KNS)
Mirwaiz demands immediate ban on use of pellet guns
Srinagar, Dec 12: Demanding immediate ban on use of pellet guns, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmir is the only place in the world where lethal pellets are used against a populance with impunity as a means of repression and dealing with civilian protests.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “It seems that GOI does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but instead wants to exert forced control over the people and its territory by using its forces armed with special powers exempting them from any accountability and prosecution.”
He added that the consequence of this is that today our toddlers are also not safe in their mothers lap as was seen in the case of 18 month-old baby Hiba Jan who was showered with pellets at her home and today doctors are struggling to save her badly perforated eye.
Mirwaiz who visited the SMHS hospital to see toddler Hiba, was deeply pained to see her in such condition and expressed solidarity with her distraught parents praying for the little girl’s speedy recovery
Hiba- a victim of pellet horror underwent a second eye-surgery in just a five days.
Mirwaiz told her parents that entire Kashmiri nation was praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter.
It was an emotionally charged moment in the hospital when Mirwaiz said that such inhuman act of violence inflicted upon an infants will break the heart of any person having a heart and he was no exception.
Mirwaiz said that little Hiba who is “writhing in pain” stands an eye-opener for the entire international community.
Mirwaiz asked GOI to immediately stop the use of this tyrannical and most cruel use of pellet guns. Mirwaiz also urged the international community to take strong note of the use of pellets on Kashmiri people being used as a means of repression and take steps in ensuring the use of pellets is banned in Valley.
Hope to get diplomatic, political support from Pakistan: Sehrai
Srinagar, Dec 12: Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s message on the Human Rights Day, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Wednesday said it is imperative for Pakistan to support the Kashmiri cause courageously and highlight the Kashmir dispute at every opportunity and in every forum.
In a statement issued to media, Sehrai said, “Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international levels in highlighting the suffering of the Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.”
“We expect and hopefull diplomatic, political and moral support from Pakistan in our struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.
Sehrai said, “People of Kashmir appreciate Pakistan’s concern, but to put an end to the ‘appalling grind of repression and human right abuse’ that Kashmiri’s are suffering Pakistan needs to do much more.”
He said in spite of all the ‘suppression’, the rulers have not been able to break the will and commitment of the people towards the movement. “The continued moral and diplomatic support extended by Pakistan in such difficult and trying circumstances has always strengthened the determination of the people to carry forward their just and legitimate peaceful political struggle,” he said.
Sehrai further said, “Pakistan being a party to internationally recognized dispute not is only bound by his political commitment but morally and religiously to support the Kashmiris in this hour of need. He said the goal of security and stability in South Asia depends upon the resolution of this dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”
“There is no other path to peace and prosperity in this impoverished subcontinent unless the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir,” he said.