India Will Pay Price For Using Draconian Laws: Soz

SRINAGAR — Former Congress state president and Union Minister, Prof Saifuddin Soz, on Tuesday termed the civilian killings in Kulgam “heart rending” and the misuse of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) will only backfire.

 “I express my deepest condemnation of the attack by forces on the innocent people of Kulgam culminating in a large number of deaths on October 21,” Soz said.

He said AFSPA was one single “black law” that had “deepened the anger in the hearts and minds of Kashmiris and there will be a day when New Delhi will pay a heavy price for killing people of Kashmir.”

“Under this most draconian law that is used for curbing violence, forgetting that it has always generated more violence on the ground,” Soz said.

Quoting former Home Minister P Chidambaram, Soz said the minister had warned the “ black law was generating anger and deepening the alienation of Kashmiris by the day.”

He appealed to the visiting home minister Rajnath Singh to ponder over the fact that if “ AFSPA is there where does the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) stand.”

“I wish he should have known what a prominent German philosopher Wilhelm Joseph Schelling had emphasized by saying, ‘The more people feel there is injustice, the more it becomes part of their psyche,’” he said.

“The writing is there on the wall. What if Kashmiris will die today? India is going to pay a high price, tomorrow, for using this most draconian law,” Soz said.






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