Kashmir's Pro-India Party Suspends Talks
25 October 2006
Srinagar: The largest pro-India political party in Kashmir said yesterday it had suspended talks with the federal government, citing human rights abuses by security forces in the Indian-controlled portion of the restive region. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said his party would not continue peace talks until the government addressed allegations of human rights abuses. The government is 'making no effort to conduct transparent probes' into alleged human rights violations, said Abdullah, who is a member of the upper house of India's Parliament. Kashmiris regularly accuse Indian forces battling Islamic insurgents in the region of beating and killing innocent civilians. Last month, international Human Rights Watch said Kashmiri civilians were targeted both by Indian security forces and militants. The government security forces insist they don't intentionally target civilians.