Suggesting Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to convene an Unified Command meeting and take a final decision on the partial revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the State of Jammu and Kashmir, State Congress President Prof Saif-u-Din Soz said that time has come for the revocation of AFSPA.
“Normalcy has returned and lot of discussions have already taken place on the issue and it is the right time for Omar Abdullah to call a Unified Command meeting and take a decision in this regard,” Prof Soz told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that his personal opinion is that the Act should be revoked from peaceful areas now.
Soz said that time has come for the revocation of AFSPA. “I think the AFSPA should go from a few places in the state. There are areas where normalcy has returned permanently and the ground is fertile to revoke it,” he said adding that deliberations and discussions on this issue has already taken place and now the time is for action.
Soz however said that this issue should not be politicized. “People are mature enough to evaluate the situation. If some party will use the issue as election plank that will be most unfortunate,” he said.
“It should not be turned into a political issue and one should desist from making it a public debate,” said Soz.
While replying to a question, Soz said that Rahul Gandhi did not criticize the approach of Congress Ministers but advised them not to be constituency specific. “Rahul Gandhi simply advised Congress Ministers to be pro-people and not to concentrate on a particular constituency. We welcome his advice and suggestions and I hope the Congress Ministers will act upon that,” he said.
He said that on pre-pole alliance with any party, State Congress will seek suggestions from the workers and accordingly would intimate the Party High Command about our decision in this regard.
He hoped that ‘UMEED’ scheme launched by Centre Government would prove beneficial for the females of the state.