Shinde’s AFSPA Remark Draws Flak

Observer News Service

SRINAGAR: Terming Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement on the Armed Forces powers Special Act (AFSPA) a lame excuse, chairman Peoples Conference Sajad Gani Lone today said that for peace to prevail in the state, removal of AFSPA was inevitable.

Shinde had said on Tuesday that AFSPA would not be withdrawn from J&K until the situation in the state was completely peaceful. 

“While National Conference says it stands on with its mission of AFSPA Revocation, it (Shinde’s Statement) is a mere excuse now for showing the military might. Removing AFSPA is itself key to peace and as long as it (AFSPA) is there, peace will never prevail”, Lone told KNS.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that it (Shinde’s statement) raises questions about Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s case. “He (Omar Abdullah) himself had set time frame in 2011 that AFSPA would be removed within 2 to 3 days. In his last announcement he declared that to remove AFSPA is his (CM’s) mission”, PDP Spokesperson Nayeem Akther said. “One wonders why CM cannot get even this concession from the centre, even though he is tom toming his Janam Janam Ka Sath with the Congress”, he added.

Questioning the intentions and assertions of CM, PDP spokesperson said, “Two things cannot go together. One of our main components in our agenda is removal of all draconian laws from the State and fully democratic system established as part of largest democracy in the world”.

We’ve our stand and we’ve reiterated and decided it also in recently held Working Committee meeting. Omar Sahab has time and again reiterated his commitment and intentions for removal for AFSPA”, senior leader NC Ali Mohammad Sagar told KNS.

Reacting to Shinde’s statement, CPI (M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said the remarks made by the Union Home Minister are a reflection of non serious approach to deal with the fast changing situation in Kashmir.

In a statement issued here today, while reminding Shinde of his October 14, 2012 shopping in Srinagar streets,  Tarigami said that he fails to understand how the situation in Kashmir has deteriorated overnight during the last less than two months which has  compelled the Union Home Minister to issue such a statement.

Tarigami wondered over the ‘complete peace’ jargon used by Shinde in his statement on the withdrawal of AFSPA from Kashmir, saying that the Union Home Minister should explain what he perceives from the criteria ‘complete peace, quite and calm’ in Kashmir? “Times have changed so has the graph of insurgency in Kashmir. Need of the hour is that government of India should seriously think over revocation of draconian laws, no doubt initially from few districts of the state,” he observed.

Alleging that India is itself against the peace to prevail in State, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said that under the draconian laws Kashmiris are being subjected to forced disappearances, custodial killings, fake encounters and women are being raped. “It is the military might that India shows towards Kashmir. On one hand India says doors are open for talks and on other hand commits offences against the innocent Kashmiris under the shadow of AFSPA”, said Shah. “India itself has to create the climate of peace by removing these all draconian laws from the state of J&K. Shinde should know that it is demand of people of State to remove these draconian laws”, Shah added.

Terming the AFSPA license to kill innocent people indiscriminately, Hurriyat (G) Spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said “AFSPA is a non issue for us (Hurriyat). We are against illegal occupation of India in J&K. Until Indian troops are illegally occupying our land such laws are bound to be there. We demand complete demilitarization and vacating of Indian illegal occupation”, said Akbar. “We also condemn the black laws”, he added. With inputs from KNS

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