The pro-India political parties raise the issue of human rights only when they are out of power. Is this a tactic to make human rights a state-centric discourse, asks Naseer A Ganai
There is a pattern to it and it has not changed over the years. Look at the scores of cases of human rights abuses in
First the Shopian tragedy: the incident outraged Kashmiris. Instantly people observed the strike and followed the protest calls given by the aged leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The response to the call indicated that the pro-freedom leadership has hold over people irrespective of their participation in the elections. The response apparently baffled the mainstream pro-India parties. They started taking the jump. And the opposition was the first to do so. So the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti courted arrest against the barbaric act in Shopian. She even went to the Shopian police station and inquired about the FIR. Then after few days, the PDP issued a statement saying that her party forced the government to register the case of rape and murder. First they raised the cry and then they tried to reap its benefits. Through this one statement, the PDP tried its best to wash out the 8-days of continuous strike observed by people of
It is not the first time that the pro-India parties have tried to be on forefront on the human rights issues. The National Conference acted in same manner when the PDP was in power. It would raise issues of human rights violation after it was ousted from the power by the PDP led congress government in 2002.
In fact the discussions on human rights issues in the State legislative assembly have now become the permanent feature and the party which is not in power is most vocal on the issue. Here are two examples. The PDP refused to acknowledge custodial disappearance of over 10,000 people as reported by the Association of Disappeared Persons when its patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said that only 60 persons have disappeared. Later in the Assembly the then Minister for Home Abdul Rahman Veeri said 3952 persons had disappeared. NC ridiculed Mufti for the statement and accused him of lying. In 2006 four boys who were playing cricket in Doodhipora Kupwara were killed by the troops. Thousands of people lodged protest on the call of the pro-freedom parties. Realizing the gravity of situation, the NC stepped in. It condemned the government right and left. The NC legislators raised the issue in the Assembly. The NC boycotted the then Governor N.N Vohra’s speech and the present Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, who was the leader of opposition, walked out from the Assembly along with his 27 other legislators. Rather was carrying the placards in his hand asking for “end of human of rights violation in
The NC legislators were outside the Assembly talking to media denouncing the government and the PDP. The PDP members who this year didn’t allow Governor N.N Vohra to continue his speech over human rights issue were calmly listening to General Sinha’s speech in 2006 after Doodhipora aftermath. Later in the Assembly Sharif-Din-Shariq challenged the claim of government and army that the youth were crossing the border. The government ordered judicial inquiry in the matter. Four years down the line, nothing has happened in the case.
This is how pro-India mainstream parties run the government here and at the same pretend themselves to be pro-people as well. They keep everything thing within themselves including the governance, human rights issue and larger
Had it not been so, then why both the parties failed to bring resolution for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the Assembly where they created ruckus over human rights issue.
PDP came into power in 2002. It talked lot about the AFSPA revocation. NC too was vociferous about it. But for eight years they only talked about it. They could have easily brought the resolution in the Assembly to convey