JKHC Bar condemns former IAF chief’s suggestion to use air power to combat militancy

The former IAF chief had called for "ruthless measures"-- including the use of air power and special zones where intruders can be killed without a warning -- to combat militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:June 10, 2017 7:51 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Saturday termed as “barbaric” and “full of venom” against Kashmiri people the statement of former IAF head Air Chief Marshal P V Naik that ruthless measures, including the use of air power, were needed to combat militancy in the state. Condemning Indian Air Force veteran’s statement, the Bar Association general secretary Bashir Sidiq said that the statement is “biased, inhuman, barbaric and also full of venom and vengeance against the people of Kashmir”.

“Their only fault is that they are fighting for a legitimate right. They are only asking India and its leaders to respect their promises and pledges made before the international foras of holding a plebiscite in J-K under the auspices of United Nations so that they can decide about their future,” he said in a statement.

The former IAF chief had called for “ruthless measures”– including the use of air power and special zones where intruders can be killed without a warning — to combat militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. In an interview, he suggested a slew of methods, which, he said, could be “better accomplished” under a few months of Governor’s Rule. Naik, who was the IAF chief from 2009 to 2011, had said there had to be a “more effective use” of air power, so far “underutilised” in the valley.

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    Naresh Gaur
    Jun 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    Former chief whatever said was for terrorists. Is it barbaric to reply a terrorist in hindi own language ? Then why can't someone think that JKHC Bar sides the terrorists?
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    Anjani Kumar
    Jun 11, 2017 at 10:09 am
    He is one of those chamcha of Congress and hurriyat who want an independent Kashmir. The army has right to decide what measure fit best to combat militancy.
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    Jun 11, 2017 at 4:24 am
    We have too many casualties of police and soldiers because we do not use air power. It is legitimate to use air power in counter terror operations. The operations will also be faster, This will also discourage stone throwing mobs from venturing to protect terrorists. There is no reason why our security forces lose their lives to keep this bar ociation in good humor. When was the last time a human rights organization shed tears for security forces and their families? Never. Bar ociation has to hide its face now that Hurriyat has accepted responsibility for burning schools.
  4. S
    Jun 10, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    unsc resolution is as good as dead since stan did not vacate raided territories.Asking for plebescite is not job of UN If your neighbour kidnaps your son, he should be restored back to you