Doing our job, let MHA decide on AFSPA removal: Parrikar

Steering away from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's comment that AFSPA should be revoked from some areas on experimental basis, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the issue comes under the Home Ministry and it needs to take a call on the matter.
Doing our job, let MHA decide on AFSPA removal: Parrikar
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Steering away from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's comment that AFSPA should be revoked from some areas on experimental basis, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the issue comes under the Home Ministry and it needs to take a call on the matter.

He said the Army was involved in security on the border and in counter-insurgency grid in the state.

"I think the Home Ministry needs to take a call on it. We only operate. As of now, we are operating only in the border and counter-insurgency grid. We do not operate in the normal sphere of the state's law and order," Parrikar said when asked about Mehbooba's comments.

He said that as far as Army is concerned, it has ensured that the border remains sealed and no infiltration bid is successful. "We are doing our job properly," he said.

Mehbooba had on Sunday asked the Centre to revoke AFSPA on trial basis from selected areas as a beginning towards "winning the hearts" of people. 

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