November 11th, 2011
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Unified command to decide on AFSPA withdrawal: AK Antony

Defence Minister AK AntonyNew Delhi: Amid controversy over the issue of revocation of AFSPA from parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister AK Antony today said the final decision on it would be taken by the Unified Command Headquarters in the state.”The CCS last year decided to leave it to the Unified Command to take a decision on partial withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir,” Antony told reporters here today.

The Defence Minister was asked to comment on the issue of revocation of AFSPA and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement that he had the authority to withdraw it from the state. Abdullah had said, “As chief minister of the state, I have the authority to lift AFSPA.” He has been seeking partial withdrawal of AFSPA in areas where militancy has been contained and where the Army does not operate.


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