JK Joins Anti-NCTC Chorus

JK Joins Anti-NCTC Chorus

19 February 2012
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: While Jammu and Kashmir Government has maintained conspicuous silence over the proposed setting of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the political parties of the state have joined chorus against the formation of the powerful “anti-terror” agency with some legal experts saying that the agency will have also jurisdiction here as the Central Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA)-1967 is also in force in the state. Talking to Greater Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said the formation of any such agency tantamount to infringement in the federal structure of the country and such move will further alienate people of the state. “Federalism is important part of Indian democracy and formation of any agency which undermines the powers of state is not healthy sign for the democratic structure of the country. The stand taken by Chief Ministers of other states is a positive sign and I hope other shades of opinion will also raise their concerns,” Mehbooba said. She added that formation of NCTC will further alienate people of JK as already countless security and intelligence agencies are operating here, besides draconian laws are in place to empower the forces. National Conference member Parliament Dr Mehboob Beg said the Omar Abdullah led government should resist the move of bringing the state under this agency. “At a time, when we should strive for mitigating the sufferings of people of Jammu and Kashmir, any such move will add to the miseries of people who have suffered immensely,” Beg said, adding that the need of the hour is to revoke the draconian laws from the state. “This kind of body would be direct infringement on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. Echoing similar views, State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said that formation of any such agency goes contrary to the federal structure of the country. “We will oppose its formation tooth and nail as it affects the federal structure of the country and curtails the limited autonomy of the states,” he said, adding that country can be strong only when states are secure and possess more powers.