Srinagar, April 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): Civil society groups in occupied Kashmir terming the Police Bill, 2013, as anti-people and in contravention of international laws have unanimously rejected it.“The Draft Bill is anti-people and at the cost of the civil rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. …The police are empowered in all spheres to infringe upon the rights of the people of Kashmir,” said a joint resolution passed by the groups at the end of a roundtable conference organized by Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS).
The conference was attended by lawyers, activists, academicians, former police officials and other professionals. The resolution unanimously rejected the bill. The resolution also said that the Bill aimed at formalizing the practices that had resulted in structural police violence in Kashmir.
The resolution also said that the proposed bill was in contravention of international law, including international humanitarian laws and in conflict with the basic fundamental guarantees. “If the legislators believe that they are part of the society they should not support the draft bill in Assembly as it is against the people,” the resolution said.
Speaking on the occasion, KCSDS member Shakeel Qalandar said that the civil society groups reject the bill. “Everyone, be it a lawyer, journalist, doctor or anyone else is bound to share every specific information to the police and there remains no secrecy.”
Former DIG Prisons, Sahibzada Rafiq, said that since there was a demand for revocation of AFSPA, the idea behind the new police bill was only to transfer these powers to police.
Besides others, the function was also addressed by environmentalist Dr. Shakeel Romshu, Dr Javed Iqbal, legal expert Zafar Shah, Hameedah Nayeem, Abdul Majid Zargar, Z. G Mohammad, Shiekh Showkat Hussain, Faiz Bakshi, M. Azim Tuman, Rouf Tramboo, Dr. Rouf Mohiudin, M.A Kirmani, Anwar Ashai, Fazal Illahi, G.N Shaheen and Shakeel Qalandar.
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