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Kashmir Massacres: Need to set up Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Wajahat Habibullah

Srinagar, Jan 22, CNS:  In wake of multiple massacres allegedly committed by Indian troopers here in Kashmir Valley particularly in the month of January, former Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Wajahat Habibullah impressed upon the Government of India to bring the killers to justice so that no government gunman can dare to play with the lives of innocent civilians in Kashmir Valley. He said besides Gawkadal massacre, other massacres including Sopore, Kupwara, Zakoora,  also took place in Kashmir and it is the high time to initiate action against the guilty Indian Security Forces.

     “Action should be not only initiated against the Indian Security Forces but also against those government gunmen that resorted to loot, killing and arson in the Valley,” Wajahat Habibullah told Kashmir based news gathering agency CNS adding that former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Mr Jagmohan was inept and insensitive barely knowing ABC about Kashmir sentiments.

       The former Divisional Commissioner said that he was not present in Valley when CRPF butchered innocent people in Gawkadal Srinagar. “Many massacres took place when I was present in the Valley and I in fact condemned those and sought punishment to the guilty. It is high time to punish killers for the satisfaction and justice of the people. The situation in Kashmir is different now and there is no reason to shield those men in uniform who committed these massacres and heinous crime in Kashmir,” he said.

    Wajahat Habibullah said that there is a dire need to set up the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to look into human rights violations. He said that former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had mooted the idea of setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the state in the context of human rights violations, but later on shelved the process. I had been repeatedly advising State Government to set up this Commission so that guilty will face the music.” (CNS)