Mufti advocates revocation of AFSPA in J-K

March 1st, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Jammu, Mar 1 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed demanded the revocation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Sayeed said, “Now time has come when there is peace, when there is decline in militancy, this Special Power Act should be revoked and there should be reduction of army troops.”
Earlier, State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that his government is considering a proposal to revoke AFSPA in the state.
The AFSPA gives sweeping powers to security forces to carry out operations in disturbed areas. It was promulgated in Jammu and Kashmir in July 1990.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the region since insurgency broke out in 1989. (ANI)

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