(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 28, 2009
JAMMU & KASHMIR
Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami spoke to G Mamatha of the Peopleís Democracy after meeting the prime minister on June 22, 2009. The following are the excerpts from the talk.
his first meeting with the prime minister after the 15th Lok Sabha
Y Tarigami exchanged views on the present situation in
strong message of seriousness and sincerity has to be sent to the
A vicious cycle of terror and counter terror has been going on for the last two decades in the state. It has taken a huge toll of human lives and has resulted in the destruction of property in a big way. This cycle has to be put an end to. Time has come to reduce the size of disproportionate presence of security forces without further delay. Civilian properties occupied by the security forces and the army need to be vacated, forthwith, as the level of violence has come down considerably.
The prime minister had, a few years ago, constituted an eight-member committee consisting, among others, of officials from the centre and state and from security forces, on the question of troop withdrawal or gradual reduction of forces. Nothing was heard of this committee, thereafter.
restore peace in the state and protect human life and dignity, the
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) must be withdrawn from
recalled that the Justice B P Jeevan Reddy Commission was constituted
and report to the government of
Despite the fact that the people are disillusioned with the ongoing violence, the level of their alienation has not come down. It is unrealistic to think of permanent peace in the state unless measures are taken to settle the political issues. There is no readymade solution to such a vexed problem as Kashmir but, whatever the solution, it has to come out through a process of dialogue with Pakistan as well as a dialogue with all shades of opinion in the state --- a dialogue which must be result oriented and time bound. Time has come to give up reliance on administrative measures and open some genuine political channels.
Unfortunate incidents of gross human rights violations have to be stopped and incidents like Shopian, where two women were raped and killed, have to be investigated thoroughly, and the culprits identified and punished.
Confidence in institutions has no doubt come down. Measures are required to improve the confidence and make the functioning of the institutions transparent and accountable, in order to overcome this situation.
suggested the following measures to the government of
1) The process of dialogue has to be initiated with all the stake holders in the state. For that, an environment of confidence has to be created.
2) There must be reduction in the size and strength of the troops deployed for internal security in the state, without further delay.
3) There must be immediate withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958.
4) The government must constitute an independent agency to investigate and prosecute the cases of human rights violations committed by the law enforcing agencies.
5) There must be implementation of the recommendations made by the working groups, without any further delay.