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AFSPA should go to end atrocities on people: Hakeem Yaseen

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Srinagar, Apr 26: Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman and MLA Khansahib, Hakeem Muhammad Yasin has flayed statement of the BJP general secretary, Ashok Koul that AFSPA would not be revoked from the state.

Urging the need to revoke AFSPA from the state, Yaseen in a statement here said  “this draconian law, which gives sweeping powers and immunity to the armed forces, is being misused by the black sheep.”

Yaseen said that the government should revoke AFSPA so that the harassment and atrocities on the people of the state end.

He said this step would help in improving the situation in the troubled state especially in Kashmir Valley “where black sheep in armed forces misuse this law”.

He also said the BJP statement that AFSPA would not be revoked from the State at this stage is another betrayal.

Terming the statement as very disgusting which has pained and anguished the people the State, he said the State government should take a cue from the decision of the Center to withdraw AFSPA from Meghalaya and force the Center to revoke AFSPA from J&K as well if it was serious to remove atrocities on the people.

He said that revocation of AFSPA was an essential part of the “Agenda of Alliance” of the PDP-BJP coalition government, “a promise to the people of the state, which has remained unfilled till date”.

He said that “the coalition partners forged an alliance on the grounds that they will take several steps including removal of AFSPA but have failed to fulfill its promises despite lapse of last three years.”

Yaseen said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should initiate fresh steps to ensure removal of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir and force Center to lift this law from the state.

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