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Shinde’s statement on AFSPA revocation evokes sharp reaction
SRINAGAR, Dec 11: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement that AFSPA would be withdrawn from J&K only after situation is completely peaceful in the state has evoked a sharp reaction in political circles in Kashmir.

PDP said that it (Shinde’s statement) raises questions about chief minister Omar Abdullah’s stance. “He (Omar Abdullah) himself had set time frame in 2011 that AFSPA would be removed within two to three days. In his last announcement he declared that to remove AFSPA is his (CM’s) mission,” PDP spokesperson Naeem Akther told a local news agency, KNS. “One wonders why CM cannot get even this concession from the centre, even though he talking high about his Janam Janam Ka Sath (relationsshio of generations) with the Congress,” he added.

Questioning the intentions and assertions of CM, PDP spokesperson said, “Two things cannot go together. One of main components in our agenda is removal of all draconian laws from the state and establishment of a fully democratic system established as part of largest democracy in the world.”

When asked about Shinde’s statement on Afzal Guru’s mercy petition, Naeem said “We should wait for his (Shinde’s) decision. PDP has already appealed president of India for the commutation of Guru’s capital punishment.”

NC claimed that it stands by its commitment regarding removal of AFSPA. We have our stand and we have reiterated and decided it also in recently held working committee meeting. Omar Sahab has time and again reiterated his commitment and intentions for removal for AFSPA,” law minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar said.

Alleging that government of India is itself against the peace in the state, chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said under the draconian laws Kashmiris are being subjected to forced disappearances, custodial killings, fake encounters and women are being raped. “It is the military might that India shows towards Kashmir. On one hand India says doors are open for talks and on other hand commits offences against the innocent Kashmiris under the shadow of AFSPA,” said Shah. “India itself has to create the climate of peace by removing these all draconian laws from the state of J&K,”he added.

Terming the AFSPA, a license to kill innocent people indiscriminately, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said ,“AFSPA is a non issue for us (Hurriyat). We are against illegal occupation of India in J&K. Sincel Indian troops are illegally occupying our land, such laws are bound to be there. We demand complete demilitarization and vacating of Indian illegal occupation,” he said. “We also condemn the black laws”, he added.

Chairman Peoples Conference (PC) Sajad Gani Lone said for peace to prevail in the state, removal of AFSPA was inevitable.
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News Updated at : Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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