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Army Has Given Its Inputs On Removing AFSPA: Army Chief

Thursday, 27 October 2011, 11:35 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Army Has Given Its Inputs On Removing AFSPA: Army Chief
NEW DELHI: Amid talk of withdrawal of AFSPA from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General V K Singh on Thursday said his force has given its inputs on the issue, but refused to specify those saying the matter was under the purview of the Home Ministry.

"This (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is within the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are debating this and we have given our inputs. I would not like to say anything more," he told reporters on the sidelines of Infantry Day celebrations here.

Asked about NC leader Mustafa Kamal's remarks that the October 25 grenade blasts in Srinagar were orchestrated by the Army, Singh said, "Whosoever has given that comment, I think that does not deserve the courtesy of any remark from me".

Army has been advocating for continuing the Act on the grounds that it needed to deal with terrorism in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday said that the withdrawal of the Act from some districts of the state such as Srinagar, Badgam, Samba and Jammu was in no way an effort to undermine the role of the Army.

"The army is essentially playing a major role in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir", he had said.

"Even the process of removal of AFSPA from certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir is being done in close consultation with the Army and other central paramilitary forces and their inputs and security concerns will be evaluated and considered while removing the footprint of AFSPA from certain parts of the state," he had said.

The chief minister had said that an attempt is being made to create an impression that the state government and the Army are working on divergent paths, which is not correct.

Omar had said that it is nobody's case to demonize the Army as the it has proved time and again that it is a disciplined force which is governed by certain standard operating procedures.
Source: PTI
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Reader's comments(2)
1: I think its not that simple Mr Omar! You must be having good bed tea/ coffee, luxurious baths and of course the security. If you intend to remove AFSPA then you should be ready to manage the state like other states with the help of Great Police Services & IAS cadres!

Please imagine this scenario now-Mr Omar
You (Army) are invited by a relative (J&K) for resolving their internal conflict (state sponsored terrorism & Low intensity coflicts) & you oblige. They make you to sit on a couch and in the process of negotiations you become the naturally selected SARDAR with powers (AFSPA) to fully negotiate to resolve the conflict bestowed upon you by the invitees. Now some head of the family (selected representative of the state- Mr Omar) decided that no more powers to you and says that the couch below you is fitted with a trigger to bomb you (retracting AFSPA) off once you get up from the couch. So Mr Omar what shall you do?

Get up and take your life along with members in the family or first try and dismantle the trigger? Faisla Aapka!Zindagi Aapki!
Posted by:anupam - 28 Oct, 2011
Its just because of Indian Army there is some kind of stability in the WAADI and decline in the terrorism activities. No ways AFSPA should be removed from any of the district of J&K.

Mr. Omar and others politicians, please just for sake of few votes and dirty politics do not put whole India in danger. Just because of your failure in doing something good and productive for J&K you are trying to do this and get a fame of from it. To get some political mileage do not put whole India in danger

Indian Army is the best and hats off to them for their efforts to make WAADI a better place to live and visit.

Jai Hind...
Posted by:Deep - 27 Oct, 2011