Paswan urges democratic space for helpless Kashmiris
New Delhi, March 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President and member of Indian parliament, Ram Vilas Paswan, has called for repealing draconian laws, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA), to allow a democratic space to the people of occupied Kashmir.
Ram Vilas Paswan speaking at a public meeting “Terrorizing to Counter Terrorism” organized by Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi said that the Kashmiris couldn’t be made hostage at the behest of the Indian Armed forces.
Paswan was critical of Indian Muslims who according to him had been remained indifferent to the sufferings of Kashmiris. Describing AFSPA and PSA as anti-people, he said, “These have been used against people and have threatened their civil liberties.
I vehemently call for repealing these Acts and we should launch an agitation by assembling at Jantar Mantar and even gherao parliament for getting this demand conceded.” He said that the Indian parliamentarians and the civil society members had an obligation towards people of Kashmir.
Paswan criticized the authorities for putting Hurriyet leaders including, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest. “This is against the spirit of democracy and cannot be allowed,” said the LJP leader who had written to Home Minister protesting against detention of Gilani in Delhi.
Paswan said that hearts and minds of people of Kashmir could not be won through hard measures. “Unfortunately, media also does not play a positive role. That is why whenever someone is getting killed in Kashmir people in rest of India think he was a terrorist. This impression has to go. What was highlighted about human rights violations in Sri Lanka by Indian media, much more has taken place in Kashmir,” he added.
The LJP President said that Muslims were in bad condition in India. “And I wonder how it could be so as this community has ruled India for more than 800 years.”
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