What will diplomats see in Kashmir when it is under military rule and draconian laws operate. Lawyers, politicos and social leaders are jailed?–Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Tribune dated 08 January 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that our party would not recommend diplomats in Delhi visiting Kashmir which is in an occupied military state. It will only become normal when the autonomy, rule of law and principles of natural justice are restored by THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State).
The draconian law AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in operation in Kashmir, which gives unbridled powers to the security forces to kill, murder, maim, kidnap, abduct, rape, molest, keep in illegal custody any person with impunity.
The Supreme Court which is the guardian of the Constitution refuses to exercise its writ and authority in Kashmir as this state is a majority Muslim province.
Most of the political, social and judicial leaders are in jail. We wonder what diplomats stationed in Delhi would do in Kashmir, if they went, as Amnesty International and other human rights bodies including the Society of the International Red Cross are banned from this unfortunate state.
Even Kashmir does not have internet and mobile facilities and presently it is in a state of Guantánamo Bay detention camp. We hope the diplomats in Delhi will understand the futility of their proposed visit to Kashmir.
Our party members were going to see the situation in Kashmir on 09 of December 2019. However on entering the now Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir they were stopped by a heavy posse of armed security men from proceeding any further. Thus they retraced their steps back into the Punjab. If citizens of this country are banned from visiting Kashmir, we wonder under which clause of the law the Union Government will allow diplomats from various states to visit Kashmir? After all, as per article 14 of the Constitution all people are equal before the law and that includes diplomats.
Simranjit Singh Mānn
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
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