Say ‘Kashmir is bound to India by sturdy laws’
Srinagar: A group of prominent citizens of India Sunday said “no accountability” has been fixed into about hundred killings at the hands of government forces during 2016 Kashmir uprising.
In a statement, the group consisting of former BJP foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, who led a delegation to Kashmir last year, said they have been “deeply distressed by the disturbances” afflicting Kashmir since July 2016.
That month Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing triggered massive anti-India protests lasting for five months in the Valley.
“We have watched with grave foreboding as Kashmir has descended into turmoil for the past several months….Most regrettably for our country, most casualties have been from among the youth even children, many of who could have been our leaders into the future. Yet there has been no accountability thus far,” said a statement issued by the group.
It said the citizens grieve with the families of those who suffered the loss of their near and dear ones and too many of whose children have even lost vision.
“We have been emotionally wounded by these unfortunate developments, and feel the agony of our brothers and sisters in Kashmir. As a nation we need to do everything possible to assuage their pain even when we cannot undo their loss,” it added.
They said “Kashmir is bound to India by sturdy laws.”
“But only bonds of love and understanding will bind India together. These can be secured only by giving all our citizens voice and the feeling that this is their country as much as Kashmir is part of us,” the statement said.
“It is undoubtedly the duty of the democratically elected JK government to create a peaceful and humane environment in the state. But on this day as we observe the martyrdom of the Father of our nation we would do well to remember that this is also the responsibility of all citizens of India to their fellow citizens as that alone can help lead to meeting the aspirations of all,” it said.
The members of the group are Justice A.P Shah, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court; Aruna Roy, Founding Member, Mazdur Kisan Shakti Sanghatan; A.S. Dulat former RAW chief; Chinmaya Gharekhan, former Ambassador to UN; Darius Forbes, Industrialist; H.K.Dua, former member Rajya Sabha; Prof H.D.Muni, Author & former professor in International Relations, JNU; I H Latif, former Air Chief Marshal & Begum Bilqees Latif; Irfan Habib, Historian and author; Julio Ribeiro former DGP Punjab; Kapila Vatsayan chair Asia Project IIC; Kalpana Sharma, senior journalist and author; Prem Shankar Jha, journalist and author; Ramchandra Guha, Historian; Ronen Sen, former Indian Ambassador to USA; Salman Haidar, former foreign secretary; S K Lambah, former special envoy of the Prime Minister of India; Shyam Saran, former foreign Secretary; Shekhar Gupta, senior Journalist;
Gen. (r) V P Malik, former Army Chief; V. Balachandran, former Special Secretary Cabinet Secretariat; Prof Zoya Hasan, Centre for Political Studies, JNU; Wajahat Habibullah, former Chairman Minorities Commission; Kapil Kak, Air Vice Marshal (R); Bharat Bhushan, journalist and Sushobha Barve, centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation.