October 27th, 2011
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AFSPA in Home Ministry’s court: Army chief

Army-Chief-General V K Singh New Delhi: The ball is now in the Home Ministry’s court. The ministry would have to decide the future of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. “This (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is within the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are debating this and we have given our inputs. I would not like to say anything more,”Army Chief General V K Singh said.

The Army has been insisting the continuation of the Act in certain areas on the grounds that it needed to deal with terrorism in the state. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had on Wednesday said that the withdrawal of the Act from certain areas of the state was in no way an effort to undermine the role of the Army.

“The army is essentially playing a major role in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir”, he had said. “Even the process of removal of AFSPA from certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir is being done in close consultation with the Army and other central paramilitary forces and their inputs and security concerns will be evaluated and considered while removing the footprint of AFSPA from certain parts of the state,” he had said.

The Chief Minister had said that an attempt is being made to create an impression that the state government and the Army are working on divergent paths, which is not correct.




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