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Omar Abdullah proposes truth panel on Kashmir militancy

Posted by on March 5, 2011 0 Comment

Jammu, March 5 (IANS) In a major step, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday proposed to move a resolution in the state legislature seeking constitution of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” that would unravel the reality about how Kashmir fell into turmoil.

Abdullah said that as part of the healing policy, he wanted to propose a truth and reconciliation commission and urged the members to give a serious thought to it.

“This commission should have men who are not connected with the politics and history of Jammu and Kashmir and are committed to bring out the truth as to what brought about militancy and how Kashmiri Pandits fled the Valley,” he said while replying to the motion of thanks on the governor’s address to the joint session of the state legislature Feb 28.

The resolution, as and when passed, would be sent to the union government, he said.

The proposed commission would cover the whole gamut of events and role of the people who fed the militancy and caused trouble in the state, according to official sources.

Several other groups including human rights groups and opposition Peoples Democratic Party too had been making a similar demand.

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