Kashmir govt not to grant Amnesty to security forces
24 August 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The government of Jammu and Kashmir has said it will not adopt a plan to grant amnesty to members of the security forces accused of human rights violations while battling militants. Earlier this week, Home Minister L.K. Advani said New Delhi was considering a plan to grant amnesties to security personnel fighting militants across the country. But Ali Mohammad Sagar, a senior leader of ruling National Conference and Minister for Works in the state government, ruled out the state adopting any such amnesty plan. ''The Minister (Ali Mohammad Sagar) said that the state government would not extend any such law here which would be against the interests of the people,'' an official statement issued late on Thursday said. ''The National Conference government has always stood for upholding human rights and it has never hesitated from taking action against persons involved in human rights violations,'' the statement quoted Sagar as saying. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said granting amnesty to security forces will encourage more human rights violations in Kashmir. Security officials deny widespread abuses in Kashmir and say they investigate all reports of rights violations and punish those found guilty. ''We would continue to protect the rights of the people in future also,'' Sagar said.