Soz demands AFSPA removal



In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior Congress leader Prof. Saifuddin Soz has de-manded that the law of special powers assigned to the Indian army be removed from the territory.

Prof. Saifuddin Soz in a statement said, “As we know, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AF-SPA) has been withdrawn from Manipur, Mizoram and Assam. I wonder why it has not been removed from J&K where, as per the Home Minister and other BJP leaders, the situation has considerably improved. It is, therefore, strange that AFSPA will continue to remain in force in J&K.”

“Certain reliable sources have told me that while the situation is relatively better in cities, in the far-flung areas, particularly in border areas, the common people have to bear the brunt of AFSPA,” he added.

“I would urge Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to seek removal of operation of this lethal Act in J&K, es-pecially for its draconian measures contained in Section (4) of the AFSPA Act, which says, ‘Special powers are given to army officers to shoot (even if it kills) any individual who violates law / or is sus-pected to violate law. This includes assembly of five or more people, carrying of weapons etc,” Soz said.—KMS


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