As far as my govt is concerned, we don`t condone torture: Omar

J&K CM Omar Abdullah distanced himself from the WikiLeaks cable emanating from the US Embassy in Delhi relating to alleged human rights violations in Kashmir in 2005 and indirectly blamed the then govt led by opposition PDP.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010, 21:13 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah today distanced himself from the WikiLeaks cable
emanating from the US Embassy in Delhi relating to alleged
human rights violations in Kashmir in 2005 and indirectly
blamed the then government led by opposition PDP.

"I am not getting into anything more than the fact that
these transcripts or these leaks pertain to 2005. You can do
your own maths as to what regime was in power at that time.

All I am saying is that as far as this government is concerned
we do not condone torture. We never have, we never will," the
NC leader said.

In a rare briefing with the then US envoy to India, the
International Committee of the Red Cross had in 2005 expressed
concern over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and
spoke about torture in detention centres, though it pointed
out that the situation was much better than in the 1990s.

"I think it`s important first to put into perspective
that this is a report carried by diplomats of the US Embassy
based on what they might have heard from the Red Cross. Also
it is important to understand that this pertains to the year
2005 and during the much-talked about healing touch regime.

"That having been said, I can only talk about this
government both at the Centre and at the state. We are
determined not to allow any sort of incidents of custodial
torture or any sort of breach of law," he said.

Omar also dismissed a question on whether any
investigation based on the WikiLeaks cable for the incidents
in 2005 would be instituted.

"Well, unless there is something specific unfortunately
we have nothing to investigate. It is, as I said, is based on
a cable sent by the US Embassy to their own government in
Washington. Unless there are specific instances where names
are mentioned whether by Red Cross or by these WikiLeaks
cables or individuals, there is nothing unfortunately for us
to investigate," he said.

Omar also said that his government has always worked for
transparency.

"In fact, in order to establish transparency, this is the
first time that Amnesty International was allowed entry into
Jammu and Kashmir. Whatever may be their findings, the fact is
that we were clear in our minds that transparency is the best
thing and we allowed them to come here and visit.

"Similarly, whether it is the National Human Rights
Commission or the State Human Rights Commission neither have
made any adverse findings against the state government.
Wherever the reports come in, they are investigated and if
necessary, action is taken," Omar said.

PTI