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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