Srinagar, September 08, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Indian government has ruled out the lifting of draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from occupied Kashmir.
Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley made the government’s position clear at the all-party meet in New Delhi, today, while responding to suggestions from some parliamentarians who were a part of the all-party delegation that visited the territory recently. “It’s not feasible for the government to consider removing AFSPA,” Jaitley told the MPs.
The CPM General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury said these measures included removal of AFSPA from civilian areas, besides removal of pellet guns, use of dual track dialogue, employment generation and judicial inquiry into allegations of torture by armed forces.
The imposition and continuation of AFSPA in Kashmir has been a contentious issue, with human rights groups and sections of civil society calling for its removal on the grounds that it gives sweeping powers and immunity to the armed forces.
The AFSPA allows the armed forces to take whatever action they deem necessary including search, arrest, and even shoot, to maintain law and order. It gives armed forces wide ranging powers and legal immunity for their actions.
The all-party delegation that visited Kashmir met, today, to decide the future course of action to restore peace in the Valley. Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh chaired the three-hour long meeting of the parliamentarians from 20 political parties. It included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan among others.
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