Govt working towards AFSPA withdrawal: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that his Government was working towards withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu | Published:February 27, 2009 8:54 am

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that his Government was working towards withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA),a tough law often under attack by rights activists,from the state.

The Act,which is also applicable to insurgency-hit Northeastern states,was clamped in the state since 1990.

“My Government is creating the conditions conducive for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state,” Omar said in the Assembly.

“If the situation continues to improve the way it has been improving,the coalition government would work towards withdrawal of laws like the AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act,” he said,replying to the adjournment motion moved by Opposition PDP alleging continued rights violations in the state.

He also said that he had taken up with the Centre a violation of an operating procedure for launching anti-militancy operations by the Army. The procedure he was referring to makes it mandatory for the Army to share intelligence inputs with the local police when launching an operation.

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