Walk Your Talk

Father of counterinsurgency and former MLA Kuka Parray’s son, Imtiyaz Parray, has apologised for the `excesses committed by his father in his capacity as the Ikhwaan chief.’ Imtiyaz is the Congress candidate from the Sonawari constituency, and admits that excesses were committed by the Ikhwaan. He told a team of visiting newsmen that `bad guys’ in the group founded by his father were `thrown out’. He is keen to shun the Ikhwaan baggage and has been repeatedly seeking pardon for the wrongs committed by his father and his associates during the dreaded Ikhwaan days.

He has made mention of a former Ikhwaan commander who, according to him, killed seven members of a family and then abducted a woman from the same household and married her forcibly. This former commander is now a close associate of a National Conference leader. Imtiyaz has sought an impartial probe into the killings to bring the killer to justice.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir have grown sick of probes, over the past two decades in particular. As many as 160 of them have been ordered since 1996 when the state came under `democratic’ rule after seven years. Few probes have been taken to conclusion, and findings are still awaited in the rest.

Although people have lost hope in probes, yet it becomes necessary to revisit the most deadly period of Kashmir’s history beginning from 1994, one that haunts people to this day. This would expose the faces that benefitted from the ruthless killing, arson, loot, rapes and molestation. Since people have no faith in the probes ordered by the government, something else needs to be done.

Papa Kishtwari is behind bars today because the son of a victim pursued the case and the administration, including the police, had to act. He was put on trial and the case is pending adjudication.  This can be replicated by people in the pro-India camp who make a lot of noise over human rights violations.  Mahbooba Mufti or Sajjad Ghani Lone must come forward, and walk their talk on the issue by filing a petition in the High Court. They could do so even jointly.