Human rights violations by Army weaken nationalist parties: Farooq Abdullah

By News Agency of Kashmir

Jammu: Claiming that innocent killings allegedly by the security personnel in Valley weaken nationalist parties, former Chief Minister and chief patron National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that such incidents `make us think again on the correctness of the decision by our ancestors to accede with India’.

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“These incidents definitely give set back to nationalist parties and the killings of two innocent people in Kupwara and Srinagar forces us to think whether signing of instrument of accession by my father late Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah and Maharaja Hari Singh was fair and straight or not,” said Dr Farooq.

He was speaking with media persons after releasing a book “Computer Shanasi” in a function here today.

He said, “Defence Ministry and state government should make it a point that those in Army who kill innocent people get identified and strict action is taken against them.”

“Such incidents force us to think again that whether the decision of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to side with India was right or not,” he said.

“Human Rights violations by security forces strengthen vested interests, so black sheep in our forces should be identified and stern action be taken against them,” he added.

The former Chief Minister said that Defence Minister and Prime Minister should ensure that guilty get harsh punishment.

Replying to a question, he said, “Army is not an occupational force in the state and had come when tribal invasion took place.”

On fresh controversy over singing of Vande Mataram, he said, “There is nothing wrong in singing national song but vested interests in the state have created a controversy.”

Refusing any comment on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendera Modi, Dr Abdullah said that people of Gujarat have to decide about him.