Yasin Malik wants judicial probe into valley unrest deaths

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SRINAGAR - Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Tuesday said he will seek judicial probe into all the 110 deaths during the 2010 summer unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Speaking at a seminar, Malik said he will file a public interest litigation in the state high court, seeking probe into these deaths which occurred during the renewed unrest and violence in the valley.

The state government has set up a judicial commission to probe 17 deaths from June 11 to July 13 which occurred during clashes between the mobs and the security forces.

Malik was speaking at a seminar on UN Resolutions, the legal basis of Kashmir’s disputed status, organised by the moderate Hurriyat group headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq at the uptown Raj Bagh Hurriyat headquarters in Srinagar.

Malik challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to go ahead with its decision to hoist the national flag at the city centre Lal Chowk on the Republic Day.

If the BJP intends to go ahead with its decision, we will see whose flag is hoisted at Lal Chowk, Malik said.

Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told the seminar that the United Nations had failed in getting its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.

These resolutions, however, give the legal credibility to the disputed status of Kashmir. We should be given an alternate negotiated settlement.”

So far, no CBMs (confidence building measures) between India and Pakistan have yielded any result. The trade started across the line of control is also plagued due to lack of banking facilities and communications, he asserted.

Former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said: India had planned to somehow grab Kashmir even before 1947. This was proved when the then Indian home secretary, V.P. Menon, flew to Srinagar in 1947 to have the instrument of accession signed by the then Maharaja, who did so under duress.

Kashmiris should be given their legitimate right to self-determination, he said.

Bhat had ruffled many a feather here Monday by blaming the separatist guerrillas for the murders of his brother and two senior separatist leaders, Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq.

Bhat asserteed that the security forces had no hand in those killings while the separatist refrain here has been that Lone and the elder Mirwaiz were killed by the Indian security forces.

Commenting on Bhat’s statement, state Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda told reporters Monday that Bhat’s statement only vindicated the police stand on those killings.

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