No Formal Request By JK Govt For AFSPA Repeal: Shinde

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SRINAGAR: In a startling revelation, the union home minister told the parliament on Wednesday that the Jammu and Kashmir government had made no formal request so far to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.

Sushil Kumar Shinde was replying in the Rajya Sabha to a question by NC MP Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri.

Ratanpuri had asked which state governments had formally requested to revoke the AFSPA and which had asked for the law to be abolished or amended.  

In a startling revelation on Wednesday the Home Minister of India said that the Jammu and Kashmir Government has till date made no formal request for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

The union home minister’s answer was that no had done so thus far.

In reply to another question by Ratanpuri, defence minister A.K. Antony told the Upper House that an inquiry into the firing incident of 28th December, 2012 at Pulwama had been ordered and no compensation had been paid as yet.

In a meeting with Antony soon after the Pulwama firing, G.N.Ratanpuri had briefed the minister on the details of the incident which had left a number of people injured.

The defence minister had assured Ratanpuri that the inquiry would be completed by  January 15 and action taken against personnel found involved.

Nothing has come of the defence minister’s assurances despite nearly two months since the deadline. 

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