June 2001 News

Withdraw special powers to security forces: Shah

13 June 2001
The Indian Express

Jammu: President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), Shabir Ahmed Shah, on Wednesday demanded that the Centre should withdraw special powers to Army and other security forces under Disturbed Areas Act in the state to take the peace process to its logical end. The Centre should also review the suspension of ceasefire, release all detenues and stop "custodial killings" and crackdown in civilian areas so as to win the confidence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for resolution of the vexed issue, Shah said. "Talks and combat operations cannot go together if we want peace to usher in this state," he said. Lauding Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for taking various courageous steps in his bid to settle the Kashmir issue, Shah said people in the country must strengthen his efforts. Similarly, the people of Pakistan must extend their helping hand to their Chief Executive General Pervez Musharaf so that proposed summit between two leaders yield positive results, he said. He said there were some elements who wanted to sabotage the summit. Asked whether his party had any solution to resolve Kashmir tangle, the JKDFP chief said: "We have worked out a solution and it would be placed when all parties - India, Pakistan and representatives of Jammu and Kashmir - sit together and hold a dialogue." "The resolution of the problem could be found only through trilateral dialogue and what emerges there would be acceptable to us," he said.


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