Tom Wright in New Delhi

From The Wall Street Journal, “On Kashmir, Mr. Singh Has No Tricks Up His Sleeve

“In recent days, Indian newspaper commentators have been forecasting what Mr. Singh’s government might be willing to offer separatists in coming days to dial down tensions…. [T]he government has so far offered no concrete solutions of how to effectuate change…

One thing most commentators seem to agree on: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which shields forces from prosecution for human rights violations in Kashmir, needs to be reformed.

The AFSPA has become a symbol of the impunity of Indian security forces in Kashmir since 1990 and its retraction or amendment could at least stop the violence and allow talks to move on to a achieving a wider political settlement for Kashmir.”


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