All Kashmir killings since 1989 to be probed: Omar

Omar Abdullah
Srinagar, Aug 23: Following the reports of 2,000 unidentified corpses unearthed from several unmarked graves in Kashmir, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday, Aug 22 sought the constitution of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe all the killings in the state since 1989.

Abdullah said, "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be assigned the task to probe all the killings in the state. Whether the killings were carried out by militants or security forces, it needs to be probed."

"And I repeat the same today. There is no way out but to set up the commission," Abdullah replied, to queries about the State Human Rights Commission's report regarding unmarked graves in the Valley.

According to the enquiry reports by Indian govt's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, around 2,156 unidentified dead bodies were buried in unmarked graves. Nearly 50,000 people have been killed, mainly in Muslim Kashmir since a revolt against New Delhi's rule began in 1989. The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons claimed that around 10,000 people went missing during nearly two decades of separatist revolt. They fear many missing people may have ended up in these unmarked graves.

Abdullah said the government too wanted answers to such questions. "But it is too early to comment on it. We have a unified command meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) where we will discuss it," he had said.

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