SUNDAY, 04 SEPTEMBER 2011
The United States Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, had outlined a slew of measures, including removal of Public Safety Act (PSA) that Indian government should take to make forward movement on resolution of Kashmir issue, particularly the internal dimensions, but warned against making these “prescriptive” in nature, according to a cable leaked by Wikileaks.
In the list of 20 suggestions, he had said that the Centre should ensure that dialogue with separatists achieves results and the generous development spending in Jammu and Kashmir should continue.
In a cable from 2009, Roemer had also outlined the importance of holding panchayat elections in the state at the earliest saying “the record turnout in the assembly and parliamentary elections shows that Kashmiris want to participate in the democratic process.”
He also suggested that government should release selected prisoners who are not hardcore militants and do not pose any serious threat but have been incarcerated for years.
“Release prisoners who have been incarcerated longer than the court-directed sentences, discontinue the practice of re-arresting accused militants who have been released by courts and stop the misuse of the Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows the government to detain anyone for two years without trial,” Roemer said in the cable.