Independent lawmaker Er Rasheed Thursday appealed New Delhi to offer a ceasefire to Unitied Jihad Council on Nagaland pattern on the eve of 26th January and to start a meaningful dialogue with it so that an honorable solution of the Kashmir dispute is reached upon.
“I just concluded comprehensive visit to the North- East area, I saw 5,500 militants in the camps in Nagaland with whom ceasefire is in force, the militants there move to the local markets and the men in uniform have been asked to remain one kilometer away from them,” MLA Langate said in a press conference while asking “Why the men in uniform have been assigned to kill the militants in Kashmir and why a Naga type of truce is not offered to the United Jihad Council which is active in Kashmir?”
He appealed New Delhi to show a benign attitude towards Kashmiris by offering a ceasefire to UJC on the occasion of 26th January. “Why we Kashmiris are not being treated as humans and why are we being killed by one or the other reasons?” asked Rasheed.
Rasheed advised the state government to export dogs to Nagaland and other like parts where their meat is relished and is being sold at Rs 300 per Kg so that Kashmiris could get rid of this nuisance. “If there is a tradition among Nagas to relish dog meat, then our state government has an opportunity to meet their demand so that one of our burning issues will be addressed,” he said. Rasheed said that he was thinking to take forward his campaign against the dog menace by leaving some dogs in the house of UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi. “I may even leave some dogs in the house of Sonia Gandhi, but I am still thinking about it and when a decision to this effect is reached that will be made public,” Rasheed said.
Taking a dig at the chief minister Omar Abdullah on his statement about the Verma Committee report, MLA Langate asked that how the chief minister can advocate AFSPA repealing when he needs to convene an all party meeting to implement the Verma report.
“The chief minister should call an all party meeting to get support for the complete removal of AFSPA, it is not suitable to call a meeting on the implementing the Verman Committee report who has just made a reference about AFSPA,” Rasheed said.
Pertinently demanding revocation of the contentious Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from conflict zones such as Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states, Justice J S Verma Committee set up by central government to look into laws for sexual crimes following heinous gang-rape of a young girl in Delhi, has strongly recommended the need to review the law.
The three member panel that also includes Justice (retired) Leila Seth and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam has suggested that the armed forces, including paramilitary forces, should be brought under the purview of a common law while operating in conflict zones.
“Sexual offences by armed forces and uniformed men in conflict areas should be brought under ordinary criminal law,” the committee said.
Welcoming the completion of Verma Committee report much before the stipulated time, Er Rasheed said that the J&K government should learn a lesson which “constitutes Committees and Commissions but never bothers to press for their reports and implementing them.”
Pertinently the chief mnister Omar Abdullah has proposed an all-party meeting to discuss the recommendations of Justice Verma Committee and ensure its implementation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Glad to see Verma Committe has recommended amending AFSPA to ensure sexual crimes are punished without special sanction. Hope this is implemented”, the CM has said adding, “Parliament will do what it has to but I promise the people of J&K that we will look at the Verma committee report with all seriousness.”