Revoking AFSPA in J&K will depend on situation: Arun Jaitley

Union Defense Minister Arun Jaitely talks of AFSPA in J&K. Says that the progress of AFSPA decides its revocation.

By: Press Trust of India | Srinagar | Updated: June 15, 2014 3:53 pm
Defense Minister Arun Jaitely in J&K Defense Minister Arun Jaitely in J&K

Any decision on revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir will depend on the progress in the situation in the state over a period of time, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday.

“As far as today the situation is concerned, our armed forces and local security forces have been handling the situation. Over the period of time, we have to watch how the situation progresses,” Jaitley told reporters here at the end of his two-day visit to the state.

He was responding to a question on whether the Centre will consider revoking the controversial AFSPA in the state in view of the improved security scenario.

“As far as your question is concerned, today I am not in a position to make any comment on this,” he said.

Replying to another question, the Defence Minister said sanction for prosecution of armed forces personnel accused of involvement in human rights violations is decided on the merits of the case.

“Each case is decided on its own merits. In case the permission has no basis, then it (prosecution) certainly cannot be allowed. In case there is a basis in it, there is a human rights violation, it will be viewed differently,” he said.

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  1. G
    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:53 am
    AFSPA was an emergency measure; it wasn't supposed to become a routine.democracy is being denied to regions under AFSPA.and if the Indian Army, bureaucrats and politicians say that after decades of AFSPA, original objectives still not met, then it's their utter failure, or connivance towards that must go. the darkness must lift, the dawn must come to all parts of the country.
  2. G
    Jun 15, 2014 at 10:53 am
    Jaitley has said nothing about the killed soldier in J&K recently (after BJP took over) and the stani intrusion and infliction in Indian territory. What is he doing? Is he not listening to the news media? Is he not reporting these news to PM? Are they sleeping? Why? BJP should now prevail in J&K no matter what.
  3. T
    this made
    Jul 20, 2014 at 4:35 am
    it has to be repealed. nobody should be allowed to rise above justice. if you are concerned that frivolous cases will pop up - let them be reviewed by an independent prosecutor and decided in a court of law - strengthen the judicial system - and that would be the right direction to take. there is no merit in proposing a system where people are allowed to kill without fear of justice
  4. K
    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:10 am
    That's the right decision by the defense Minister. One can't rely on the Islamic Jihadis in Kashmir valley supported by the notorious terrorist group LeT. In fact, the AFSPA should be strengthened instead until the article 370 is repealed and the people from other states are allowed to move/settle freely in J&K.
  5. S
    Sachin Jagade
    Jun 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    Let us not make a mistake and think of repealing the ASAP. It is the backbone in our fight against the Jihadi insurgency. Our soldiers and security forces are fighting an asymmetrical war.
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