Days to Justice
Although there are reports that the inquiry officer has indicted the Indian army personnel in the murder of Javed Ahmad and Muhammad Amin, I will not be the one felicitating the government for this outcome until the guilty personnel are tried in a court for their crimes.
In the same breath I would like to commend the inquiry officer, Baseer Ahmad Khan for not succumbing to pressure by altering his report as the the army had pressured him to. His report is based on facts and for that Mr Baseer Khan has earned my highest respect.
While I appreciate the remarks of Omar Abdullah when he reiterated that the guilty will be given "exemplary punishment"; however, we are a bit wary of what he means. "Exemplary punishments" given by governments are usually dismissal, dishonourable discharge, forfeit of pay, or demotion. If the government is contemplating any of these in lieu of trying these army men for murder, then they can forget about gaining trust with Kashmiris ever again. I would suggest that Omar Abdullah leave it upto the courts what "exemplary punishment" these Indian army men deserve.
Let it be known very clearly that Kashmiris want nothing short of the murderers being tried in a court of law. Let the judge decide what punishment they deserve. This crime was committed on Kashmiri soil therefore these accused should stand trial in Kashmiri courts.