APHC To Apprise Indian Army Chief Over Abuses
17 July 2005
The Pakistan Tribune
Srinagar: The Mirwaiz-led faction of the Hurriyat Conference said that it would seek the intervention of the heads of Indian and Pakistani governments over recent incidents. The alliance said that it was gathering details of the incident, and would communicate them to the Indian defence minister and the army chief, apart from international organizations. This is for the first time that the Hurriyat would be approaching the Indian government over a case of violations, and would be a significant break with its past practice of apprising rights organizations only. The Hurriyat said that dialogue process between India and Pakistan and the Confidence Building Measures being taken were aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere, particularly, in Kashmir. 'But what some officers of the Indian forces were doing to damage the security situation in the valley smacks of vested interest,' it said. The Hurriyat said that if action under rules was not taken with respect to the Sopore incident, the entire responsibility would lie with the Indian army chief and the defence minister.