JAMMU: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Monday that the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will be withdrawn from some areas of the state in a phased manner after taking the army, which wants the law shall remain in force, on board.
He said a few areas, which have been peaceful for quite some time now, will be de-notified as ‘disturbed’, paving way for withdrawal of AFSPA, which gives sweeping powers to the armed forces during insurgencies. Such powers have led the forces to commit widespread human rights abuse sin the Valley and parts of Jammu.
The AFSPA can be enforced in an area only after it is declared as ‘disturbed’ under the Disturbed Areas Act. Mufti said the PDP-BJP coalition will withdraw DAA from a few areas, which have been relatively peaceful.
“I cannot do it in one go but I will do it,” Mufti told the Legislative Council, while reiterating any decision on its withdrawal will be taken in consultation with the army.
“The army has apprehensions, so I will not suddenly jump…As far as AFSPA is concerned, I have been a Union minister and Chief Minister of J&K. The Unified Headquarters is accountable to us and officers of the army and other paramilitary forces are accountable to us,” Mufti said.
While Mufti has reiterated that AFSPA will be withdrawn, senior BJP member and Union minister of state Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that “political considerations” cannot be the basis for demanding withdrawal of the law.
Singh had also asked “those who call for withdrawal of AFSPA” to rethink their demands in the wake of two consecutive militant attacks on a police station and an army camp in Jammu region.
*The Centre took stern action against security personnel in Chattergam and Macchil cases. The PM initiated a probe and impressed upon the army to accept that the two youth killed in Chattergam were innocent
*There are only 37 detainees under PSA, and 20 of them are foreign nationals, so why this hue and cry?
*We will initiate an unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders so that we are able to bring the state out of uncertainty
*Pakistan should be told not to allow militants to enter this side so that border remains peaceful
*The coalition government will take measures for sustenance and livelihood of the West Pakistan Refugees and in this context a committee headed by Deputy CM Nirmal Singh has already been constituted