Vested Interests Sabotaged Demilitarization: NC

4 June 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior National Conference leader and MLA Handwara, Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan Thursday said that preparations to send the armed forces back to the barracks were on immediately after the parliamentary elections ended but added that some elements didn’t want to see things coming to normal because normalcy would end their monopoly. “After the Lok Sabha polls, preparations were on to send back troops to barracks. Home Minister P Chidambaram also hinted at it in Jammu but some vested interests didn’t want this to happen. If it happens their existence will come to an end,” a statement of the party issued here quoted Ramzan as saying during his address to party workers at Nawae-e-Subh party headquarters. He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also called for amendment in the draconian clauses of Armed Forces Special Powers Act. “The chief minister has already initiated the process of talks about revoking draconian clauses of AFSPA with New Delhi. But unfortunately, some vested interests don’t want to see peace in Kashmir.” He said dozens of rape and murder cases took place during the PDP regime. “Bagargund, Dudhipora and Tabinda Gani are few cases that took place during PDP regime,” Ramzan said. Speaking on the occasion, senior NC leader and Minister of Rural Development and Panchayats, Ali Muhammad Sagar said it was unfortunate that enemies of NC want RSS in power but cannot resist watching NC in power. He said that the Peoples Democratic Party received a historic defeat in the recent Parliament elections and now they were trying to gain political miles by expressing sympathy with the victims of two women allegedly raped by the troops. Sagar said: “It sounds strange that the enemies of NC want to see RSS in power but not the NC. It is the duty of government to probe the Shopian incident and government has already ordered a judicial inquiry to find out the cause of death. Retired High Court judge has been appointed as the inquiry officer.” He said the government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was committed to its promise of zero tolerance against human rights violation. “It is very sad that PDP is politicising such things. PDP doesn’t want problems of people to be resolved,” Sagar said.