‘Will not support Army’s Operation All-Out’
Anantnag: Lok Sabha member and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday promised a “Truth and Reconciliation” commission to probe the civilian killings that took place in 2016, if his party is elected to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir – “without being forced to use crutches,” he added.
Farooq made the promise while talking to media persons on the sidelines of a party workers’ meet here at Dak Bungalow of Anantnag.
“Omar (Abdullah) has already come out in support of such a commission,” Farooq said about his son and NC vice-president’s commitment.
He was replying to a question on whether his party will order a probe into the civilian killings of 2016, if elected to form the next government.
More than a hundred civilians were killed, thousands wounded, and hundreds blinded by pellets during the 2016 uprising post the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
Farooq, however, put a rider on the formation of the “commission”.
“I hope our party comes to power, God Willing, and we do not have to be dependent on crutches (that is, a coalition),” he said, adding that the commission will be announced on the first day of an NC government’s formation.
He said his party will see to it that the commission brings the truth not only before the people of Jammu and Kashmir but of the whole world.
Today’s workers’ meet in Anantnag was the first such held by the NC in the past few years. Given the volatile situation in south Kashmir, mainstream political parties have largely remained out of public eye in the region in recent years.
Now, though, as both assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Kashmir draw near, mainstream parties have started to re-visit the region.
Farooq Abdullah today did not allow media persons to be present while he spoke to the party workers, inviting the ire of local scribes.
He, however, later took a few questions from the media. During the interaction, Farooq was asked whether his party will support the continuation of army’s “Operation All-Out” against militants, if elected to form the next government.
“How can we support something where there is suppression?” was his answer to the question. “We do not want our people to suffer. We don’t want our people to be beaten in their homes. That has never been a part of the NC’s policy,” he said.
Army’s Operation All-Out was started in 2017, with the preparation of a list of militants and militant hideouts. Many of the militants on the list have already been killed and the operation continues in the valley.
Farooq added that his party will not support any violence, “or violation of human rights.”