APDP calls for int’l commission to probe disappearances

Srinagar, May 10:  In Srinagar, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has demanded setting up of an international commission to probe all the enforced disappearances in occupied Kashmir.
 
The demand was made during a sit-in protest, today, held at Pratab Park in Srinagar. The demonstrators said that their fight would continue till they get justice.   
 
The APDP members said, “The puppet administration is giving contradictory statements on the issue. They want to dilute the issue by creating confusion and projecting different theories. Our children were picked up by Indian troops and the administration is responsible for it.”
A member of APDP, Parveena Ahanger’s son, Javed Ahmad was also arrested by the f Border Security Force personnel in 1990 and later subjected to enforced disappearance.
 
The APDP said, “India has signed the convention on enforced disappearances, but it’s not ratifying it in the parliament. Presently we don’t have any law to prosecute the troopers involved in custodial disappearances,” adding, “India doesn’t want to ratify it, as it knows that they have subjected thousands of people to enforced disappearances in Kashmir.” He urged India to remove draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The APDP said that India was using the AFSPA for blocking the prosecution and litigations against troops involved in enforced disappearances, custodial killings and fake encounters.