Srinagar: Appealing to Director Common Wealth Human Rights Initiative Sanjoy Hazarika to lead a vigorous movement for repealing of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Kashmir, Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz said it (act) has been causing death and destructions in the valley during the past 27 years, a statement issued here said.
In a letter to Sanjoy Hazarika, Director Common Wealth Human Rights Initiative today Soz said, “I made a strong plea before him that he should lead a strong movement in India for revocation of AFSPA that has been causing death and destruction in Kashmir since when it was imposed more than 27 years ago.
I pointed out to Hazarika the pernicious provisions under section – 4 of this draconian law, under which even an ordinary soldier, without being accountable, can cause death of any person or destroy any property or do anything he likes to do at the spur of the moment in which he feels any harm is going to come to his/her.
I explained to Hazarika that since he has himself found that AFSPA was harmful and it violated human rights enormously, I appealed to him to raise a strong movement for repealing the AFSPA.
I explained further to him in the communication, that among other things, the prominent Jurist Fali Nariman, whom I had met last month, had suggested organizing a movement to remove/replace this draconian law.
I reminded Mr. Hazarika that he was himself in agreement with the perception of a very large section of people in India that this draconian law had deeply alienated Kashmiris with the Union of India, perhaps, irretrievably.
I urged Mr. Hazarika to come forward for leading a strong movement to repeal AFSPA from Kashmir.”