Time ripe to revoke AFSPA: Shariq
Srinagar, Apr 2: Member Parliament from north Kashmir Sharief-ud-Din Shariq on Monday said that time was ripe to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement here Shariq said that National Conference and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have always maintained that AFSPA should be revoked from the state. “Recent assertion of the UN Rapporteur during his Kashmir visit that there is no need for AFSPA has vindicated our stand,” he added.
He said Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) would soon review revocation of AFSPA from JK.
He said people of the state should support Chief Minister to get AFSPA revoked. “Time is not far away when formal announcement about revoking AFSPA will be made,” Shariq said.
Taking a dig at the PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Beg, he said, “They will try their best to scuttle the efforts of the Chief Minister as it was Mufti who brought AFSPA to the state when he was the Union Home Minister of India.”
Shariq said that apart from achieving all round development in the state, the NC leadership is committed to the safe return of the youth who had cross the Line of Control.
“Omar is very keen to ensure that Kashmiri youth who had crossed the LoC return safely and are rehabilitated,” he added.
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