Process to revoke AFSPA must start on experimental basis: Mehbooba Mufti

"We are not saying that AFSPA must be revoked immediately and in entirety, but the process can be started on experimental basis," said Mufti.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2016 8:20 pm
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Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday 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.

“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”.

Earlier in the day, Mufti along with several ministers of her government met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is on a two-day visit to the Valley to take stock of the situation in the wake of deadly clashes that have left 46 people dead and 3,400 others injured.

Mehbooba led the government delegation which called on Singh after the Home Minister had met representatives from ruling PDP, BJP and opposition National Conference separately.

“The meeting is still in progress. The Union Minister will address a press conference later in the day before he returns to Delhi,” a state government official said.

Meanwhile, curfew remained in force in five districts of Kashmir and some parts of the summer capital as a precautionary measure as an uneasy calm prevailed in the Valley where normal life was paralysed for the 16th consecutive day today.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jul 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm
    If AFSPA is removed the so called separatist will get the freedom to bring more jihadis in our country.stead article 370 should be revoked so that J
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      Fire
      Jul 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm
      Hafiz Sayeed is you father. He will ease you and you mother. Your sister need my pole for her . I am coming and I am pathan
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        Fire
        Jul 24, 2016 at 10:58 am
        Understand, you better understand.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          Jul 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm
          And PIG your PAEDOPHILE M and goat your g father uncle of PAEDOPHILE M.
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            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
            Jul 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm
            But PIG is your uncle,--PAEDOPHILE M.
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Jul 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm
              Yes,---understood---PIG is your uncle PAEDOPHILE M.
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                Ambarish Patil
                Jul 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                If any thing is to be revoked it is ARTICLE 370. Please revoke Article 370..
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                  Anand oak
                  Jul 24, 2016 at 11:01 am
                  AFSPA cannot be revoked if present conditions continue. We will loose the valley anytime. Are Kasmiris ready to raise voice against terrorist? Let the common man speak out against stan and terrorist, then only matter could be considered.
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                    PooP PaPoO
                    Jul 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                    NO NO NO
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                      Arun
                      Jul 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                      AFPSA, should not be revoked as it will lead to more terrorist activities sponsored by ISI/stan Army in Kashmir and stan will get free hand to disturb peace in valley. Best thing is remove article 370 so that other people can settle there. Kashmir has no love for Democracy but needs Dictator.If it joins stan then life will be just measurable.Poor Kashmiris do not know what is good and what is bad.They received more love from other Indians than they deserve.stan will make their life just measurable.
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                        Dr. A
                        Jul 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                        Shouldn't even consider till all those who use armed resistance or means to achieve their desires. In other words, a request to CM JandK, All politicians of JandK, and India at large (for billions like me JandK) is an Integral part of India. Let all the separatists public forsake all armed resistance. Let all leaders of JandK publicly take concrete steps to reinstate all Kashmiris Pandit within a time frame. If they do, millions like me all over India will support their demand to dismantle AFSPA. No deal with those who resort to communal politics and violent means.
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                          hemkant
                          Jul 24, 2016 at 11:53 am
                          AFSPA to be revoked? To favor whom? stani terrorists or kashmiri separatists?
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                            George Cruz
                            Jul 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm
                            The misguided Sunni Muslims who are blinded with Islamic ideologies of Jihad/Sharia and the deep hatred for Hindus understand only the brutal force of AFSPA and in fact the Indian government should strengthen AFSPA and give special powers to SHOOT at SIGHT the Kashmir Separatist Islamic Jihadists who hoist stan flags, pelt stones at the AFSPA
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                              KK.
                              Jul 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm
                              Never approve AFSPA to quit. Her intentions not fair, not in the overall interest of Kashmir and Country.
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                                kris
                                Jul 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                                QUESTION SHOULD BE ASKED FROM CONGRESS PARTY ( SONIA HI) AS TO THE MEANING and INTENTION OF AGREEING and ACCEPTING PLEBECITE IN JandKandLADAKH ?
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                                  lokesh
                                  Jul 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                                  AFSPA and article 370 both should be lifted from kashmir in a phased manner.
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                                    L bhadrapati Devi
                                    Jul 24, 2016 at 3:34 pm
                                    AFSPA is a draconian law in principle. However, the power under it was not used in JandK by security forces. Moreover, Kashmiri militants are part of Global Jihadist movement and not the inclusive ideny of all ethnicity of Kashmir as one. Today we have Kashmiri Muzzi Jihadist, tomorrow Hyderabad Turkish Jihadist under Indian Mujaheedin. Moreover, traitor like AK, Raga, Lallu, Nitish, Mullah Yadav all provide congenial environment for muzzi radicalization.
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                                      mohan
                                      Jul 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                                      None trust Punjabi stan. Sindh and Balochistan want Aazadi. None trust the seculars in India . After staying 3 weeks in isolated cell of Tihar prison, JNU's "Azadi Kumar" declared "We don't want freedom from India, we want freedom in India and freedom from poverty". People shout Azadi without specifying the kind of freedom they want. The land of Kashmir is sandwiched between China, stan and India. Unlike Nepal or Bhutan, remaining as an independent nation is not safe at a Pak terrorist border. Remember the Pak attack in Oct 1947. The intruders macred thousands of residents and destro the Mohra power station that supplied electricity to Srinagar. In a panic, Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession, becoming part of India. The raiders were just five kilometers from Srinagar. The next day, India conducted a mive airlift of army personnel to Srinagar. Currently we are spending huge amount as military expenditure for guarding the people of the valley from terrorist attack. So we should try to remove AFSPA On Trial Basis from Parts Of Kashmir. But before that the JandK police should be trained to handle its internal security.
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                                        naidu kare
                                        Jul 24, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                        is it not what PC said?
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                                          NATRAJ M
                                          Jul 24, 2016 at 11:25 am
                                          put AKCSPA = armed Kashmiri citizens special power act for self defence from man uwadi brah mnist forces
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                                            AGARWAL
                                            Jul 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                                            First of all it is necessary, for al political parties to condem, all those who are hoisting the Flag of stan in Kashmir and the Govt. in Kashmir should start arresting all such persons. the process of withdrawing AFPSA, should only be started after that.
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