Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement activists protest human rights violation

November 14th, 2007 - 8:37 am ICT by admin  
The demonstrators were led by Zafar Ahmed Bhat, Chairman of JKSM, a constituent of the moderate faction of the All Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC).

The protestors carrying placards and banners held a sit-in demo to protest against the custodial killings and demanded the repealing of the Armed Forces Special Power Act in the valley.

“So many innocents have been killed by the army men and other security agencies in Kashmir since 1947 till today. There is only one solution to it and that is the withdrawal of troops from Kashmir and the repeal of the special powers act AFAPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) only then Kashmiris can survive,” said Bhat.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was passed on September 11, 1958 by the Parliament.

It was passed to enable certain special powers to be conferred upon the armed forces in disturbed areas in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. (ANI)

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