PDP chief spokesman takes a dig at Singh

Srinagar: A day after senior Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh ruled out partial revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state, the People Democratic Party (PDP) today took said that in democracy elected representatives take the final call on such matters not the security agencies.

“In a Democracy it has to be the elected representatives who have to take the final call on this (AFSPA) and despite the commendable service that the armed forces do towards the nation, one has to be very clear that taking decisions on such issues do not fall within their domain,” PDP’s chief spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg said in a statement issued here this evening.

Beg, a former parliamentarian said that it would of course be incumbent to take the security agencies on-board when taking such decisions,

“But to say that the decision is to be taken by the security agencies is going against the fundamental principles on which democracy is built,” he said, adding “It was appalling to see Dr Jitendra delve into each and every question and then top it up by saying that he was not qualified enough to answer these questions,”

The senior PDP leader said that Singh must realize that he cannot just speak as an individual on such sensitive issues when he holds the position of an MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office.

“He also questioned the partial revocation of AFSPA in the North-East and asked if the call in that case was taken exclusively by the Armed Forces. He further wondered whether the Government had no role to play in that case,” the PDP chief spokesman said.