CM has powers to revoke AFSPA: PDP

SRINAGAR: Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday said that chief minister Omar Abdullah is well within his powers to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kahsmir.

“All Omar Abdullah has to do is to withdraw Disturbed Areas Act, the AFSPA will automatically go,” PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, adding that  so far the state government has failed to make any serious attempt to revoke AFSPA.

He further accused Omar of making non-serious statements about the revocation of the black laws from the state. “Mr Omar keeps on changing his statements over this sensitive issue. On October 21, 2011, he claimed that AFSPA will be revoked within two days , then he said he will revoke the law after Darbar move. He later stated that the law shall be revoked in his tenure and now he says it has become his life time mission.”

Akhtar stated that when the chief minister claimed to revoke AFSPA in two days in 2011, he tried to divert the attention from the infamous Haji Yousuf killing that took place 20 days before his statement on AFSPA. “If Mr Omar wants he can withdraw disturbed area act from Kashmir and revocation of AFSPA then becomes inevitable.”

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