(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 28, 2009
JAMMU & KASHMIR
Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami spoke to G
Mamatha of the People�s 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
vicious cycle of terror and counter terror has been going on for the
decades in the state. It has taken a huge toll of human lives and has
in the destruction of property in a big way. This cycle has to be put
to. Time has come to reduce the size of disproportionate presence of
forces without further delay. Civilian properties occupied by the
forces and the army need to be vacated, forthwith, as the level of
come down considerably.
prime minister had, a few years ago, constituted an eight-member
consisting, among others, of officials from the centre and state and
forces, on the question of troop withdrawal or gradual reduction of
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Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) must be withdrawn from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
the fact that the people are disillusioned with the ongoing violence,
of their alienation has not come down. It is unrealistic to think of
peace in the state unless measures are taken to settle the political
There is no readymade solution to such a vexed problem as Kashmir but,
the solution, it has to come out through a process of dialogue with
well as a dialogue with all shades of opinion in the state --- a
must be result oriented and time bound. Time has come to give up
administrative measures and open some genuine political channels.
incidents of gross human rights violations have to be stopped and
like Shopian, where two women were raped and killed, have to be
thoroughly, and the culprits identified and punished.
in institutions has no doubt come down. Measures are required to
improve the confidence
and make the functioning of the institutions transparent and
order to overcome this situation.
suggested the following measures to the government of
The process of dialogue has to be initiated with all the stake holders
state. For that, an environment of confidence has to be created.
There must be reduction in the size and strength of the troops deployed
internal security in the state, without further delay.
There must be immediate withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers)
The government must constitute an independent agency to investigate and
prosecute the cases of human rights violations committed by the law
There must be implementation of the recommendations made by the working
without any further delay.