‘Can’t repeat an Omar on AFSPA’


Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said her government is committed to revoke the Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) from the state which will pave way for doing away with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“But if I say that AFSPA will be revoked in four days, like Omar Abdullah did in 2011, it will be an embarrassment for me. We are taking measures to fulfil all the promises made by the PDP-BJP coalition government to the people of Jammu and Kashmir through a step-by-step approach,” she said.
Maintaining that she will be looking out to the entire house for support and guidance, Ms Mehbooba said; “I know trying to run a government in a sensitive state like J&K in isolation and in disrespect of opposition can have very serious consequences as we have experienced in the past.”
Mehbooba said she is standing in the House at a place where Kashmir’s most “towering” political leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and her father used to be in the past.
“I see myself as a very small person in front of these political stalwarts and had never imagined that I would have to put on their role at some point in time in my life,” she said adding, “I am taking upon myself this daunting task only to accomplish the vision of my father and in this endeavour of hope I don’t feel alone. My own party, my allies and I hope even my political opponents will be the support system for me that I value.”

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