Opposition parties demand judicial probe into Kashmir killings

Srinagar: The opposition parties which met here Wednesday at the residence of National Conference President Farooq Abdullah called for a judicial inquiry into the killings that have taken place during last forty days of unrest.

Attended by all the Kashmir based opposition parties, the meeting passed a resolution seeking dialogue with all stake holders including Pakistan.

The opposition parties demanded probe into the civilian killings in the ongoing unrest by a retired Supreme Court judge, stopping use of pellet guns on protesters, special assembly session on the prevailing unrest in Kashmir.

The meeting that lasted for several hours passed a resolution which said that the central government led by BJP should start political dialogue with Pakistan over resolution of Kashmir issue.

“Kashmir is a political issue and it will be resolved through a political dialogue,” the resolution said.

The meeting discussed the prevailing situation and unabated civilian killings by forces and asked New Delhi and State Government to come up with a “political plan” to address the ongoing unrest.

JKPCC president G A Mir, CPI (M) State Secretary, M. Y Tarigami, PDF chairman Hakim Mohammad Yasin and AIP Chief Er Rashid, former minister and chairman DNP Ghulam Hassan Mir and other opposition legislators attended the meeting.

NC working president Omar Abdullah while briefing the media on behalf of the Opposition parties said that all of them were in favour of a dialogue with all the stakeholders on Kashmir.

To a question whether opposition would demand resignation of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Omar replied that the present situation does not demand shifting of power but stopping killings of civilians in the ongoing situation. “The fate of the government will be decided in people’s court later,” he said. He said, “We are not here to remove Mehbooba Mufti from chair and put one among us there. We want end to the killings,” he said.

In reply to a questions on allegations that Pakistan was behind the current unrest in Kashmir, Omar said that “Pakistan was not the architect of present unrest but it (Pakistan) did try to fish in troubled waters.” He said that the joint opposition would seek time and present a joint representation to President of the country and also the central government.

In reply to another question as why the anger on streets was not dying down, Omar pointed out that “anger in Kashmir was not being recognized by the New Delhi. When anger in Gujrat is recognized and addressed, anger in Kashmir is not recognized,” he said.

He said that New Delhi did not want to discuss Kashmir but it was forced by opposition to talk about it. “Opposition forced New Delhi to discuss Kashmir in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,” he said. He said that both state and central governments were playing blind eye to the Kashmir situation. Omar said that both India and Pakistan want to own the land of Kashmir. “Own the people”, he said.