Farooq Promises ‘Truth And Reconciliation Commission’  

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SRINAGAR — National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that he will announce a truth and reconciliation commission to probe killings if his party is elected to power with a majority in the upcoming assembly elections.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a party function in Anantnag, Abdullah who represents Srinagar-Budgam constituency in the Parliament, said his son and NC vice president Omar Abdullah had already asked for a truth and reconciliation commission.

“We hope that God brings our party into power strongly and we don’t have to stand on crutches (referring to coalition). This (probe) will be a great thing that we will announce on the very (first) day when the new government takes over that we will appoint such a commission (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and see to it that the results are brought before the people not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in rest of the world,” said Abdullah when asked by a journalist whether his government will seek a probe into 2016 killings.

Abdullah also said that his party wouldn’t support ‘Operation All-out’ launched against the militants.

“How can we support where there is suppression? It is not a question of ‘all out’. We don’t want our people to suffer that they will be beaten in their homes. That has never been part of National Conference’s policy,” he said when asked whether his party will support ‘Operation All-out’.

He said that his party was not going to support any violence or violation of human rights. “Everyone is free, we live in a free country. And therefore we as a government we will have to see that freedom of people expression is not curbed,” said Abdullah.

In March 2011, Farooq’s son and the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also suggested setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe the deaths and destructions in Jammu and Kashmir, though his suggestion never saw the light of the day.

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