Will revoke AFSPA if Delhi says so: NC

SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) leader and Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar Wednesday said that the government would take measures for AFSPA revocation from Jammu and Kashmir if it receives ‘positive signal’ from Delhi.

“We have to be sure that the central government gives positive response to our demand of AFSPA revocation and once it is done, we can take measures for its revocation.” Sagar stated further that New Delhi must take positive measures for the sustainability of peace in the state.

The NC minister told a local news agency that the government here wants the revocation of AFSPA from the places where militancy is on decline. “Let centre says that it will give positive response to our request of AFSPA revocation, the state government will act accordingly.” He however said that speculations were galore that if the state government submits request for AFSPA revocation, its request would not be entertained.

Reacting to the statement of Army chief that the presence of Army and AFSPA is needed in the state, Sagar maintained that the prime minster himself stated that the militancy has remarkably decline from the state and peace was returning to valley. “We must discuss what the political leadership of country is stating and should take into consideration the issues with  the broad parameters.” 

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