Troops Trying Their Best To Avoid Human Rights Violations: J&K CM
12 May 2003
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Monday said that security forces were trying their best to avoid human rights violations in fighting terrorism in the state. 'One must appreciate that the terrorism situation is very challenging and while dealing with it, some bad incidents do occur,' Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said in a statement. 'But we are making... security forces accountable for such lapses,' he said. 'Even the Army and the security forces do not want such incidents to take place.' Sayeed's regional People's Democratic Party was voted to power in September-October elections, replacing the long-ruling National Conference. He campaigned on promises to provide a 'healing touch' to Kashmir by ending human rights violations and reforming the security forces. But human rights activists say nothing has changed and that more than two dozen Kashmiri youths have disappeared after being arrested by security forces under Sayeed's rule. Sayeed, however, said human rights violations were declining. 'The government is conscious of its commitments and obligations and takes action wherever such mistakes take place,' he said.