Armed forces want AFSPA to stay intact: Geelani
Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday alleged that the armed forces operating in Jammu Kashmir could go to any extent to ensure that Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) remained intact in the state.
“The implementation of AFSPA virtually means rule by armed forces, which they would never like to lose. This law empowers the armed forces not to only kill anyone, search peoples’ houses, play with anyone’s hour, but it also provides them limitless benefits. Besides salaries, they also get huge money as security allowances. They are provided opportunities even to loot the resources of the state especially forests,” said Geelani, in a statement.
Geelani alleged that the armed forces could go to any extent to see that AFSPA continued to remain in vogue in the state. “Throwing grenades is a minor thing, we cannot rule out the occurrence of any big incident in future,” he said.
Commenting on the National Conference reaction to army stand on AFSPA, Geelani termed it a mere a vote-bank politics. “Since Omar Abdullah heads the unified command, everything is done on his orders,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani has demanded probe into the killing of three civilians in a fake encounter on March 6, 2001, at Janglat Mandi, Islamabad (Anantnag), in south Kashmir and other all such incidents by some international institution. He alleged that about 10000 people had been subjected to extra-judicial murder in custody after their release for the past 22 years and 10000 more subjected to enforced disappearances.
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