Withdraw AFSPA: Prof Soz

Senior Congress leader and former J&K Congress chief Prof Saifuddin Soz Friday said Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was not compatible with India’s democratic set up and the act must go in phases.
Withdraw AFSPA: Prof Soz
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Senior Congress leader and former J&K Congress chief Prof Saifuddin Soz Friday said Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was not compatible with India's democratic set up and the act must go in phases. 

"I have a feeling that this law is not compatible with India's democratic system. India has earned a big name for its democratic value-system which has kept India safe in many ways," Soz told Greater Kashmir.

"I feel Chidambaram was right when he had argued with the then Defense Minister AK Antony, that sooner this law goes better for India". He said that Chadambaram was right when he called this law as "draconian."

Soz said that he had always supported the idea of AFSPA revocation as it is a source of enormous irritation in Kashmir.

"Today, my position on this issue is that if there is still diffidence from some stakeholders like the Army, then let it go in phases and area-wise," he said.

"I would like to raise some fundamental questions on the issue. We must realize that things did go wrong in the past and many a times, the Army admitted the misuse of the enormous powers that this law confers. Nobody can forget Machil fake encounter in which case, the Army much to its credit, admitted the gruesome misuse of the authority and awarded punishments."

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