State is suppressing civil voices of protest, she laments
GN Bureau | February 17, 2010
Late Sheikh Abdullah's eldest daughter Khalida Shah on Tuesday did not spare even her nephew Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, saying he has lost credibility and right to power as "at times, it seems there is no government."
She even went to the extent of alleging that Omar came to power through rigging. "We have enough evidence that results were doctored to elevate Omar to power," she affirmed while interacting with Delhi-based foreign journalists.
Khalida, who is also president of Awami National Conference (ANC) in Jammu and Kashmir, told them that she was seeking intervention of international community and Indian civil society to save the Kashmiri population from extinction as so far all institutions, be it the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Minorities Commission (NMC) or the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) or others, had failed to dispense justice in Kashmir.
She said the coalition government of Omar had failed with the National Congress and the Congress were all the time pushing each other to score points while "the reign of terror unleashed by security forces has instilled fear psychosis in the minds of an average Kashmiri."
The state was suppressing civil voices of protest, she said, pointing out that seven teenagers holding street protests were killed in just over past one month. She blamed it on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Lambasting Home Minister P Chidambaram for advocating an amnesty scheme for militants from across the Line of Control (LoC), she asked him to first ponder over the Kashmiri youths languishing in jails for years on the charge of petty crimes.
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