‘59 youth joined militant ranks after July 8’
Srinagar: The state government on Tuesday ruled out immediate revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying it “requires critical review of the security situation.”
“The need and desirability of revocation of AFSPA in various areas of the state requires critical review of the security situation and other relevant factors,” said chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in reply to a question by legislator Vikar Rasool Wani.
The congress leader had sought reply from government on the steps taken to revoke AFSPA as per the promises made by the PDP-BJP alliance in their in Common Minimum Programme (CMP), also known as agenda of alliance (AoA).
In the AoA, the PDP-BJP combine had already placed the issue in a situational frame rather than a timeframe though it had suggested its revocation by denotifying the Disturbed Areas Act in phases.
In September last year, the government of India too had ruled out the possibility of either lifting AFSPA or diluting it in any form the state.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had made government’s position clear at the all-party meet in the New Delhi in September. He had reportedly made the statement in response to the suggestions from some parliamentarians who were a part of the all-party delegation that visited the state during the uprising.
Meanwhile, in reply to another query by NC’s Mubarak Gul, Mehobba, as incharge of the state’s home department said that 59 youth joined militant ranks after July 8 last year.
“To encourage misguided youth, militants who undergo change of heart and abjure violence, as also accept the integrity of India and the Constitution, to join national mainstream and lead a normal life, the State Government revised policy named “Rehabilitation Policy” (offering various incentives),” she said.
Gul had asked whether it was a fact that during the last few years particularly after July 8, a large number of young and educated youth have joined the militant organizations.