Karra disparages ‘double-standards’ on AFSPA
"Ironically, while the Centre welcomes Tripura Government's decision to repeal AFSPA, in the same breath it unfairly pitches for continuation of the contentious law in J&K," Karra said in a statement issued here today.
Karra said the 'discrepant approach and prejudiced policies' of the Centre towards J&K have only contributed to deepening of the trust-deficit and alienation in Kashmir.
"If the Centre wants peace process and democratic institutions to flourish in the State, commensurate relief measures shall have to be taken on the security front so that people feel the change on the ground," he said and added that the hawkish rhetoric will only add to the cynical aloofness especially among the State's youth.
Karra said now that Tripura has set the trend for revocation of AFSPA, the process must go on with the revocation of the controversial law from other States including J&K.
He said that it is high-time that instead of indulging in vicious rhetoric, the Centre reaches out to the people of the State with tangible measures to set-off the much needed rehabilitation and developmental process, especially in the wake of devastating floods of September 2014.