J&K Cong for revoking AFSPA in select areas

The Congress Monday said the Centre could consider revoking Armed Forces Special Power Act from some areas of the valley.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:May 28, 2013 2:24 am

The Congress Monday said the Centre could consider revoking Armed Forces Special Power Act from some areas of the valley. This was stated by J&K Congress chief Saifuddin Soz while addressing a gathering of Congress Mahila Workers at the party headquarters here.

“In my opinion,AFSPA should be removed from parts of the Valley where this law is not needed now,” he said. Soz said J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah should take up the matter at the Unified Command Headquarters meeting. “The removal of AFSPA could be discussed and all the stakeholders,including Army should be taken on board,’’ he said. Soz said the Congress is gaining strength in the state and the party will emerge as a single largest party in the state. “Our party is gaining both in Kashmir and Jammu regions,’’ he said.

On Sunday,Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said that the Congress and the National Conference are on same page on the revocation of AFSPA. “We (NC-Congress) are clear that this law should be removed from areas where it is not necessary now.’’ Omar said.

Earlier,Omar had said that the Congress is not in favour of removal of the Disturbed Areas Act,which would lead to revocation of AFSPA.

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