CM Mehbooba For AFSPA Revocation On ‘Experimental’ Basis

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SRINAGAR:Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that process to revoke AFSPA must start on experimental basis. “We are not saying that AFSPA must be revoked immediately and in entirety, but the process can be started on experimental basis,” said Mufti.

She said that only after revoking AFSPA in few areas, situation can be assessed. “After revoking AFSPA in few areas, we can assess situation there. If successful we can revoke it in entirety,” said Mufti while talking to reporters on Sunday after meeting Union Home Minister.

“The start has to be from somewhere, the experiments have to be from somewhere like it (AFSPA) be revoked from 25 or 40 police stations to see the reaction,” she said.

She also lashed out at Pakistan and urged it to change its policy towards India. “Unfortunate. The country (Pakistan) that claims they are a victim of terrorism themselves, encourages Kashmiri youth to take up guns. Pakistan needs to change this policy of theirs. It is important to start dialogue, confident building measures between the two nations,” said the chief minister.

“I think today we have an opportunity, for the whole country as well as for Pakistan, that if they are really our well-wishers, then they should talk,” she said.

The Chief Minister said there is a need to take “bold measures to address the issue as the people of Jammu and Kashmir were our own”.

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