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India: Reaction to the government response to Amnesty International's report on "disappearances" and impunity in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab

, Index number: ASA 20/024/1994

Following the issue of a disappointing response by the Indian Government to an AI report in December 1993, this report challenges the Indian Government to respond seriously to more than 200 cases of "disappearance" in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. The government response concentrated on the Indian Government's views on the political dispute between India and Pakistan and on abuses - condemned by AI - perpetrated by armed opposition groups. Only a few pages dealt with the pattern of "disappearances" in these two states. Several cases of "disappeared" individuals are commented upon here. They are: Mohammed Maqbool Bhat; Javid Ahmad Ahangar; Syed Basharat Ahmad Shah; Mohammad Shafi Dar; Wahid Ahmed Ahangar; Peer Mohammed Shafi; Manzoor Ahmed Zarger; Rouf Ahmed Shah; Javeed Ahmad Shalla and Mohammed Sidiq Sofi; and Ashaq Hussain Ganai.

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