Ahead of the by-polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had raked up the issue of revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some areas on 15 March 2017, reports NDTV. The conference is being organised by India Foundation, a think tank run by Shaurya Doval, the son of National Security Advisor A K Doval.
CM Mufti appeals to consider AFSPA revocation:
Ms Mufti, who has taken a strong position against militants, pitched for revocation of AFSPA, saying she required a “window of peace” for ensuring good governance to “shrink the space” occupied by militants. She said that PDP and BJP had come together on an Agenda of Alliance which included revocation of AFSPA. “We should not shy away from revocation of AFSPA. When things improve, why not?” she said.
Ms Mufti appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for initiating talks with “all stakeholders” for a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem. “We need to have dialogue as was done by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I am sure our present Prime Minister, who has the moral authority, will take steps at the earliest. We have a bold leadership at this point of time,” she said.
“We have used pellet guns, guns, hand grenades, teargas. We can’t continue with that. They (the protesters) are part of India. Kashmir is the jewel in India’s crown,” she said.
BJP: AFSPA cannot be withdrawn until peace restores
A day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sought revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from parts of Jammu and Kashmir, senior BJP leader, Avinash Rai Khanna, Thursday (16 Mrach ‘17) said that the AFSPA cannot be withdrawn until peace is restored in the state.
“The BJP stand is very clear that AFSPA can’t be withdrawn until there is peace restored and situation is normal in the state. The center is monitoring the situation very closely and will take decision at the right time,” Khanna told the reporters