Omar strongly bats for Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Jammu: Batting strongly for setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to probe the deaths and destructions in militancy-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday urged state Assembly to prepare a resolution on the issue and forward it to the Centre for its constitution.

"I want to put forth a proposal before this august house. Time has come when we should set up a TRC in the state to probe who brought death, destructions and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir," Omar told Legislative Assembly while winding up the motion of thanks on the Governor's address.

"Today I request you (legislators) and the House to prepare a resolution which will be send to the Centre from this House to demand setting up of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the state," he said.

The chief minister said that a person who does not have anything to do with politics of the state and is not partial or discriminatory should head the Commission.

"If this is put in place, we will feel that we are working on a healing policy for which money and time does not matter," he said.

"It will be the only way that a son will get answers as to how and why his father disappeared. A Kashmiri Pandit will know why he was forced out and families of the slain workers of NC, Congress, PDP and BJP will get answers who targetted them," Omar said.

The chief minister said that he wanted to heal the wounds of those who faced the burnt of turmoil in the state.

"We want to have answers about what happened with us, the demands of disappeared persons associations and thousands of people killed in the state.

"We want to give justice to all of them by finding the answers. Why our Kashmiri brothers fled from the Valley in difficult times? Why they came here and in what circumstances? Who targetted them? We want to have answers to it," he said.

"Why thousands of political workers of ours were killed. Who killed them and why they were killed? When militancy was started and on what grounds? These needs answers," Omar said.

There were allegations of custodial disappearances and tortures in custody and people need to know whether these allegations are true or false, he remarked.

"We do not have any policy to find out their answers so we want to have a healing policy by constituting TRC. Has not time come when we should set up a commission in this regard? I think time has come when the state needs healing policy on this issue. We need to get answers as to who brought death, destructions and militancy in the state," he said.