24 January, 2021

Justice Interred

The army lets down the Kashmiris again

Waseem Andrabi
Justice Interred

If ever Kashmiris needed proof that Omar Abdullah has lost the plot, it came in the ongoing tussle between the ruling National Conference and alliance partner Congress over the creation of new administrative units in the state when the CM threatened to resign. There was no such offer, however, when just a few days earlier, on January 23, a court-martial gave a clean chit to five soldiers accused of killing five innocent men in Pathribal in 2000. All Omar said was he’d take up the issue with the prime minister and that he had sought the state law secretary’s view on future action.

As senior journalist Hilal Ahmad put it, “What does it mean to seek legal advice for prosecution against a force over which he presides?” alluding to Omar’s chairmanship of the Unified HQ which oversees the military grid in Kashmir.

The Kashmiris themselves are not sur­prised. Most of them, including the victims’ kin, say they knew the outcome in May 2012 itself when the Supreme Court off­ered the army a choice between a civilian trial and a...



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