Deputy CM: ‘AFSPA Revocation Can Wait’


SRINAGAR: Senior BJP leader and deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Nirmal Singh has said that The BJP-PDP government is not in hurry to revoke the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu & Kashmir.

In an interview, Singh said that the alliance between the BJP and PDP has been forged so the people of J&K can get a stable and corruption-free government. “With regards to AFSPA, the situation in the valley is not conducive for revocation of the rule at this juncture,” he said. “There are stray instances of militant attacks, but the government is committed to take firm action against such forces. This act cannot be discontinued for now. It is for the Central government to decide.”

Pertinently, the common minimum programme (CMP) of PDP-BJP government in JK stresses upon New Delhi on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) issue, akin to arguments of former CM Omar Abdullah.

But before taking any decision about the AFSPA revocation, the Mufti-led coalition government promises to review the security situation in the state thoroughly, stating: “The coalition government will examine the need for de-notifying ‘disturbed areas’.”

Mufti Sayeed’s finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu earlier said in a press conference that the state government wants to make AFSPA revocation a “process” rather than an “event”.

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