No Plans to Lift AFSPA: GOI

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 NEW DELHI: Government Wednesday declared in the parliament that it has no plans to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states.The Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
“No, sir,” minister of state for home affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in reply to a written question on whether government has plans to revoke Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts from Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states.
Chaudhary also said the government has not received any information from its sources about conducive atmosphere prevailing in the states for lifting AFSPA.
The minister was responding to a question by PDP MP Nazir Ahmed Laway.
Earlier, the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party had sounded out to the BJP that it wants the Centre to agree to lift the controversial AFSPA from at least two districts of the state and deliver its commitment to vacate buildings occupied by security forces before she takes oath as the chief minister.
However BJP led government at the centre refused to buckle under PDP pressure on the issue forcing PDP to eat the pie.
Meanwhile opposition National Conference, which itself failed to persuade New Delhi to revoke the controversial act during its tenure,  on Wednesday said it was “committed” to the revocation of AFSPA from the State and that PDP’s “complete abandonment” of this demand after coming to power had “proven that PDP was BJP’s Trojan Horse in the State”.
National Conference started J&K RTI Movement’s signature campaign for AFSPA revocation in the State and said, “National Conference would continue to seek the revocation of the Act from the State.”
“National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah led the efforts of the party to seek AFSPA revocation from the front and he never hesitated to voice this demand even in the Legislative Assembly as the Chief Minister. 

 

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