Army Has Vested Interests in AFSPA: Kamal

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SRINAGAR National Conference Additional General Secretary, Dr Shiekh Mutafa Kamal Tuesday claimed that Army deployed in Jammu and Kashmir was misusing Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and want continuation of this draconian act by hook or crook. 

“Once this Act will be revoked they will face the music. All the ‘killer’ Army officers will be compelled to plead before the court and that’s why they are misleading Centre on this Act and claiming that once this Act will be over, Army will be crippled and cannot deal with militancy,” Kamal said in an interview.

Kamal, who is uncle of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as well, said that under the garb of AFSPA, Army was ruling the state at its will.

“Whey Defence Ministry is opposing the revocation of this law? It is just because the Army brass in Jammu and Kashmir is misleading the Defense Ministry of India. They (Army) knows that once this Act will be over, they will no longer be in position to rule the state at their will,” he said.

He said that Army has vested interests and the speech delivered by Chief Minister in the Assembly clearly indicates that Army in no way is in favour of revocation of AFSPA. “We all know that all Army officers are not involved in the civilian killings. Let the Army identify those killers and they will get punishment as per law. Why Army is hesitating and why they want to save the killers who are involved in the killing of civilians?” he said.

 “The reality is that AFSPA can’t stop attacks on Army and CRPF. They must understand that AFSPA is draconian and it needs to be revoked,” Kamal said.

He criticized Congress Minister Sham Lal for always being vocal about the discontent being found in coalition government. “Sham Lal Sharma can’t decide about the fate of coalition as it is up to Congress High Command where Sharma doesn’t have any say,” Kamal said adding that the killing of Saidapora, Idgah youth was not a revenge killing. “Man is emotional. CRPF personnel were emotional as the militants had gunned down their five comrades. When they were cornered, they fired upon protestors,” Kamal said. (CNS)

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