August 2000 News

Hizb proposes confidence building measures

4 August 2000
The News International

Islamabad: The Hizbul Mujahideen has proposed 12 confidence building measures in talks with Indian officials, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported from occupied Kashmir on Friday. The measures are:
* declaration of Valley and other parts of Jammu and Kashmir as disturbed areas be withdrawn,
* special powers of forces be withdrawn,
* bunkers be removed from all civilian areas,
* crackdowns and subjecting civil population to harsh searches be given up,
* political activity by all parties be allowed,
* harassment of political workers be stopped,
* human rights violations be stopped forthwith,
* cases pending against Mujahideen be withdrawn,
* all detenus, political prisoners be released,
* harassment of released and ex-Mujahideen be stopped,
* snatching vehicles from owners for use of forces be stopped and
* regarding other active Mujahideen organisations, such attitude be adopted as would facilitate their participation in the peaceful solution of Jammu and Kashmir problem. In a related devlopment, the APHC has appointed a 3-member Committee for on-the-spot probe into murder incidents in occupied Kashmir, KMS reported. The committee after visiting Pahalgam, Qazi Gund and Achabal will compile a detailed report and will submit to the APHC chairman. Meanwhile, the former APHC chairman, Syed Ali Shah Gilani, has reiterated demand of the for an international inquiry into the latest bloodbath. He said scores of such incidents have taken place in occupied Kashmir in the past eleven years and responsibility for such heinous crimes can only be fixed by impartial probe. The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front President, Pundit Bhoshan Bazaz, in a statement in New Delhi supported the APHC's demand for impartial inquiry into the recent collective murders in occupied Kashmir.


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