Army Subverting Peace: NC

Army Subverting Peace: NC

31 December 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Virtually blaming the Army for “subverting” peace efforts in Kashmir, ruling National Conference (NC) Monday said “the armed forces shouldn’t repeat the mistakes that led to earlier spells of mass unrest in the Valley.” Strongly condemning the firing incidents at Chandgam and Pulwama in which around a dozen civilians were injured, NC said such incidents are “totally unacceptable,” and the party won’t tolerate “atrocities against civilians” that alienate the people further. The party warned that in the garb of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) Army cannot simply go on doing what its wants and “by such actions Army was only making things difficult for the proponents of peace.” Urging Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defense Minister AK Antony to take strong note of such incidents, NC said that no civil society can accept such excesses on people in a civilized society. “There should be an impartial probe in Pulwama incident, with harshest punishment for anyone responsible for the act,” NC spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said in a statement. He said uniformed men should learn to show restraint and patience, and differentiate between an armed man and a civilian. “In the garb of AFSPA you cannot simply go on doing what you want,” he said while addressing the Army. “An institution that has brought laurels to the county should learn from their past mistakes. Army’s one wrong move can bring the State back to boil,” NC spokesman said. Blaming the Army for providing the trigger for 2010 mass agitation, Tanvir said; “A series of tragic events resulted in the sort of protests on the streets of the Valley that year, and the trigger for these protests was the fake encounter that took place in North Kashmir’s Machil area where army killed three innocent civilians branding them as infiltrators.” He said the Machil incident provoked a lot of anger, which did not manifest itself on the streets immediately, but simmered under the surface “allowing the enemies of peace to engineer a campaign from within, that later led to mass protests.” “In the course of one of those protests, a tear smoke shell hit a young man in Srinagar, who died and then you had another death and that went on spiraling,” said Tanvir adding; “Every death resulted in more protests and more deaths and the area of protests just spread and reached the point where virtually every corner of the Valley was seeing violent demonstrations on regular basis.” “The cases like the Machil and Pathribal resonate in the Valley. The wounds of which are yet to be healed,” said Tanvir adding; “If Army doesn’t learn from its past mistakes then we are sorry to say that they are only making things worse for the people who have sacrificed a lot for restoration peace in the Valley.”