Baramulla: Maintaining that time was ripe for revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from peaceful areas of the state, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said he would continue to pursue the demand for removal of the Act from Jammu and Kashmir.
“I’ve always maintained that my argument for the revocation of AFSPA is based on reason and logic. The situation has improved a lot. And I will continue to press for removal of the Act,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of passing out parade at the police subsidiary training centre (STC) Sheeri here.
To a question about Army’s closure of Pathirbal fake encounter case, Abdullah said he has taken up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“The Prime Minister has assured me that he’ll discuss the case with the Defence Minister and ensure that justice is done to the victims. Now, it’s up to the Prime Minister to press this issue further,” he added.
Abdullah was flanked by Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad, Inspector General of police (IGP) Kashmir, Abdul Gani Mir and other senior police and civil officers. A total of 789 police personals completed their training. Among them 441 were from Kashmir division, 345 from Jammu, and three from Ladakh division.