Special Powers to Army in J&K: Legal Cover or Draconian Law?Tonight on The Buck Stops Here:Two Tales of J&K: Between the Battlelines
On The Buck Stops Here, a special ground report from Pulwama and Srinagar on the two faces of the wounded Valley: one of a family for whom embracing politics proved to be fatal, the other of Tufail Mattoo family, who are still waiting for justice, four years after their son was killed by a teargas shell fired by the police. Can the elections heal their wounds?Special Powers to Army in J&K: Legal Cover or Draconian Law?
On The Buck Stops Here special series Mission Kashmir, we look at the twin truths of J&K: An attack in Jammu in which three soldiers and four civilians are killed, and the swift indictment of nine soldiers by the Army for killing of two teens in Budgam. Broadcasting from Srinagar, we debate: is the swift punishment, which comes days after a firm verdict of life sentence in Machil killings, a counter to demands for Armed Forces Special Powers Act to go? Former Home Minister P Chidambaram called AFSPA "obnoxious", but Arun Jaitley, in an interview to NDTV, said NDA government and the Army are on the same side on AFSPA. We debate: in J&K, can AFSPA ever go? Is it a legal cover for the defence forces or a draconian law?