Center Finally Acknowledges Need To Lift AFSPA: Omar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Raising serious concern over the recent trend of young boys joining militant ranks, chief minister Omar Abdullah said that government would look into the issue. The Chief Minister also said that ultimately Centre had to acknowledge that the controversial AFSPA had to be lifted from J&K following the fact that situation was conductive to scrap the act.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at SKICC here, Omar said it is the ongoing process and we are in touch with GOI regarding the revocation of AFSPA.

When asked about the army opposing the revocation of AFSPA Omar said, “This is government of India’s problem we are hope full that GOI will take steps to revoke this act.”

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit Omar said, “Miss Information was spread that Prime Minister’s visit has been cancelled but at the point of time PM’s visit is stand as we are in discussion with PM’s office regarding the modalities of his visit. We are also in touch with Sonia Gandhi and probably she is also visiting the valley.”

Meanwhile, National Conference senior leader Dr Mustafa Kamal Commenting on the statement of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde where he had said that before that (withdrawal of AFSPA), we have to consider all the stakeholders including Army Kamal said, “Army has no role in revocation of AFSPA. If Army claims that act is a need for them for counter insurgency then it would have saved four army men in Tral.

Time has come when GOI should revoke the law beyond the interests of Army as they used it as shield in their unlawful activities.”

“Army is trying to scuttle the revocation of the act to save its troops from accountability. Army is actually aware that if this law is removed from the scene they will be held answerable for their unlawful activities”, Kamal said.

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