An 11-member civil society delegation led by prominent Journalist Seema Mustafa today met the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at the amalgam headquarters here.
The civil society group of Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) included social and women activists, politicians, analysts and educational experts.
During the meeting, the Hurriyat chairman, made it clear to the delegation that it was due to the pending resolution of Kashmir issue which has actually led to killings, blood-letting, suppression, torture and atrocities against women and human rights violations in the state. Due to this, Mirwaiz informed the delegation that an army of orphans widows and disabled people has been created in the disputed territory.
He said it was also due to this fact that custodial killings, enforced disappearances, and issue of mass graves have cropped in jammu and Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said that the unbridled powers vested with the troops due to AFSPA, PSA, and disturbed area legislation’s give them impunity to action their desired will. He said as a result they can’t be held accountable.
He further apprised the delegation that the APHC has given certain recommendations to the Government of India to make a conducive atmosphere on the ground prior to the resolution. He said the recommendations included revocation of all the black laws, demilitarization, release of all the political prisoners languishing in jails, end of human rights violation and to allow the pro-freedom camp to start their political activities.
Mirwaiz, however, said that it was highly unfortunate that the GOI did not shun its traditional policy of rigidity and continued with its narrow minded policies despite the international pressures. He said this policy of inflexblity was of high concern and dangerous for the security, peace and progress of south Asia.
The civil society delegation agreed with the observations of Mirwaiz and demanded that the process of demilitarization and revoking of black laws should be done immediately to provide security and relief to the common man. They further informed that the delegation would inform the civil society in India about the problems faced by the Kashmiris and would try to pressurize the GOI to stop the rights violations in Kashmir.
Later the CPA invited Mirwaiz to attend a protest which is going to take place at Jantar Mantar New Delhi on December 10 which he readily accepted.