Ruling MLA Seeks Rollback Of AFSPA, Amnesty To Stone Pelters

JAMMU: Ruling PDP law­maker today demanded that the controversial Armed Forc­es Special Powers Act should be revoked from the state of Jammu and Kashmir as it will help in restoring peace in the state and “fear of armed forc­es” will go away from people’s minds.

MLA Wachi Aijaz Mir said that stone pelters booked in 2016 unrest should be given amnesty, former militants who have surrendered and returned through Nepal route should be rehabilitated, their wives should be given passport so that they could see their family in Pakistan.

Mir was speaking in the Low­er House of legislature during award of grants on home, tour­ism and other departments which are held by Chief Minis­ter Mehbooba Mufti.

“AFSPA should be revoked from those areas where secu­rity situation has improved in the state. This step will help in restoration of peace and will remove fear from the minds of people,” Mir said.

Mir urged the government to legalize Nepal route so that the militants who surrender and return from that route are ben­efited under the rehabilitation policy.

“The Nepal route needs to be legalized as most of the ex-mil­itants return from this route. These militants are made to visit police stations every day. It should stop so that they live peaceful life as they are al­ready facing social problems.”

“Wives of these militants who hail from Pakistan should also be given passport and permission so that they can visit their families there,” he said.

About the youth who have been booked under stone pelt­ing charges and then jailed, Mir said that general amnesty should be given to

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