No plans to withdraw or amend AFSPA in J&K: Govt

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Srinagar

The government has no plans to withdraw or amend “the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990”, which gives the security forces immunity and special rights in carrying out operations in disturbed areas, Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Tuesday said in Lok Sabha.

“There is no proposal to amend the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990. There is no proposal under consideration of Government of India to withdraw the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 from Jammu and Kashmir,” he said replying a written question.

However, a proposal is under consideration to make Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 more operationally effective and humane.

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