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Whatever our objectives are, we will achieve them: Mufti Sayeed on AFSPA


Days after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out revocation of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said his Government would “achieve its objective” with regard to the controversial Act in the State. “I know everything. I know what to do and what not to do. Whatever we have to do, we will do that,” Sayeed told reporters on the sidelines of an inauguration ceremony of an International Buyer-Seller Meet at the SKICC here. Asked about Parikkar’s statement that Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was mandatory if the Army had to be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir or any other State for internal security, the chief minister said “whatever our objectives are, we will achieve …

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PDP-BJP differences on AFSPA out in open


Differences between allies PDP and BJP over the issue of revocation of the controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir came to the fore on Tuesday following yesterday’s three back-to-back terror attacks in the Valley. The Army on its part said the matter was being discussed by the state government and the Centre. “Let them decide on it… We will do our job,” General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lt General Subrata Saha told reporters in Srinagar. BJP members, carrying placards with “Big No to AFSPA removal” and “Pakistan Hai Hai” (down with Pakistan) stormed the well of the J and K Assembly as they demanded that a resolution condemning Pakistan “for sponsoring terrorism in India” must be passed. “Pakistan is …

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Army’s stand on AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir unchanged, against its dilution

Army Jawans in Kashmir

The Army is apprehensive about any move to dilute controversial AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, where BJP and PDP are set to form a coalition government, and this has been conveyed to the Centre. Army sources said that though infiltration had drastically reduced in the past few years, radicalisation has risen in certain parts of the state. The Army feels that if AFSPA, which it terms as an “enabling Act”, is partially withdrawn or diluted, there are chances that radicalisation and later even violence levels are likely to increase, they said. Asked if the Army had written to the government against any such move, the sources said, “The Army Chief has been continuously conveying our apprehensions to the government over …

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PDP playing petty politics over revocation of AFSPA: Omar

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Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today lashed out at People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for “playing petty politics” over revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying the issue became casualty of the opposition party’s “partisan” politics. “PDP was playing petty politics over AFSPA. Not only did PDP remain silent on AFSPA revocation during their stint in the State, they also failed to support our efforts and demand for the revocation of the act while they have been in the opposition,” Omar said, addressing party workers in Beerwah assembly constituency in Central Kashmir. Omar, the National Conference (NC) working president, kick-started his election campaign from Beerwah, one of the two constituencies, where from he is fighting the elections. Omar said …

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Time not appropriate to withdrawal AFSPA from J&K: Govt

Government today said that time was “not appropriate” for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, said the issue was raised by state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security on June 5, 2013. The Chief Minister, Rijiju said, “raised the issue of withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state in a phased manner, beginning from the areas which have been free from militancy for quite sometime. “However, various stakeholders particularly the security agencies have expressed their apprehension to the government that the revocation of the Act from the state of J …

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Time is not Ripe for revocation of AFSPA: Azad


Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday claimed that time is not ripe for the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from certain peaceful districts of the state. Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of a function in the Super Speciality Hospital complex Azad said it is not appropriate on my part to comment on the assessment of the state Chief Minister. At the same time he said in my personal capacity all i can say is that time is not ripe for the revocation of AFSPA. He said elections are round the corner and Pakistan and militants will step up the activities. So we must be conscious. He said it is also true …

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Why NC leaders are not opening their eyes and paying attention to Army’s View point on AFSPA

Barely 24 hours after GOC-IN-C of Northern Command Lt Gen KT Parnaik made it clear that in view of the prevailing ‘fragile’ peace in the state of Jammu and Kashmir it would not be appropriate to disempower the armed forces by partially revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Two senior National Conference  leaders including one Member Parliament  have once again labeled Army as the biggest stumbling block in the path of revocation of AFSPA from the peaceful districts of the state. Apparently, the National Conference leadership is bent upon creating a debate over the contentious issue in the run up to the Assembly polls to score some brownie points and win votes in the Kashmir valley. In the process …

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Rahul had no words for friend Omar’s favorite chant on AFSPA

They wore the same colours up their sleeves. They share the same smiles looking at each other. They were in good mood and the weather gods were smiling too. J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had not asked for anything more to impress his close friend and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The duo got enough time between themselves to share their view  points on variety of subjects concerning the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They chatted, they shared notes, whispered in to each others ears and must have shared a joke or two. But after the formal function at Budgam was over and the formalities were done away with   came the …

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Mufti Mohammad Syed Godfather of AFSPA: NC

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A day after PDP patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed had attacked National Conference leadership  over its stand on revocation of AFSPA  today it was the turn of National Conference leaders to hit out at the PDP patron. “He is the God father of Armed force special power act, as it was he who brought Armed force special power act when he was union Home minster” senior NC ministers  said on Tuesday. First of all Senior National conference leader and Rural Development Minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar  targeted Mufti Mohd Sayeed by claiming that  the people of the state are well aware of the fact that who made (AFSPA) applicable in the state. “They made no efforts during their tenure against AFSPA. There is …

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Army vehicle targeted in Anantnag grenade blast, 7 people including policeman injured

Even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has not stopped raising the demand for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from peaceful districts of the state the militant commanders have started regularly targeting army vehicles and security installations in Kashmir valley. With in a gap of 48 hours a second incident of grenade blast was reported in Anantnag on Tuesday raising many an eyebrows in the security establishment. Intelligence agencies are already expecting spurt in the incidents of militant violence after the swearing in ceremony of PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. In both the incidents the unidentified militants tossed up a grenade aimed at security establishment and ran away taking cover under the rush of local people. On Tuesday …

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