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Kashmir unrest: Congress leader Saifuddin Soz suggests Centre to scrap AFSPA

AFSPA, no doubt, is a draconian law and it has mostly been misused in the state. The armed forces and para military forces have laws available to check violence of all kinds, he said.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Published: July 28, 2016 6:35 pm
Saifuddin Soz FB Congress leader Saifuddin Soz (L) with party chief Sonia Gandhi (M) and senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (R). (Source: Express/File)

Former union minister and senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz on Thursday suggested the Centre to scarp Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as a first step in Jammu and Kashmir if it wanted to respond to the “grim situation” prevailing in the state.

“It might create the possibility of a dialogue with the Opinion leaders in Kashmir,” the Congress leader said holding forces responsible for the situation in which 50 lives have been lost in the protest against the encounter of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

AFSPA, no doubt, is a draconian law and it has mostly been misused in the state. The armed forces and para military forces have laws available to check violence of all kinds, he said, adding that AFSPA only provides them “immunity for not being accountable for any of their actions”.

Referring to the use of pellet guns by security forces to dispel protester he said: “As a citizen, I felt amazed when senior functionaries of the Government of India committed recently that they would explore the possibility of using non-lethal weapons than pallet guns,”adding that this “assertion pre-supposes that they have only to fight”.

“They also, perhaps, meant that Government of India has nothing to do in the realm of insaniyat (humanity),” the Congress leader said.

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    din
    Jul 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm
    all these anti -india congressi enemy want is Army and Armed Forces to leave JandK so that waiting stani Brothers can find it easy to walk in-
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Jul 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm
      The time has come for PM Modi to act like a Statesman and it is up to him to take the initiative, to call all the Political Leaders of the Parliament apart from Regional Party Leaders of J and K , discuss and debate with them without playing petty politics over the issue and act unitedly which should benefit the state of J and K and to bring normalcy and thus gain the confidence of the people, which will allow them to think that our Leaders are mature enough to deal with such situation when it comes to the Unity of the Nation and will you Mr. MODI is the BIG ???
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      1. Anand Ch
        Jul 29, 2016 at 10:57 am
        Looks he wants s to take up.
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          Ram
          Jul 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm
          Time has come for the parliament of India to p an anonymous consutional amendment getting rid of article 370 and make Jandkashmir a nor meal state like any other state so that all citizens of India can buy property and settle in the state. Any politician/party opposing this should be derecognised and barred from contesting elections forever. Muslim majority anise is the root cause of Kashmir problem, which is obvious as Buddhist majority Ladak or Hindu majority Jammu are normal always. Another amendment is needed to reflect potion distribution in the state embly as minority of state potion in The valley has majority seats in the embly. Any one. Advocating for talks with ISI agents in India or supporting article 370 should be booked under treason.
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