AFSPA`s fate in J&K in next few months: Army

Army said security situation over the next few months will decide the outcome of the consultative process with the govt over revocation of AFSPA.

Srinagar: Army on Monday said security
situation over the next few months will decide the outcome of
the consultative process with the Jammu and Kashmir government
over revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

"We have given our views to the government (on AFSPA).
The consultative process is on and a sustained period of peace
over the next few months will certainly be an important
factor," General officer Commanding of the Army`s 15 Corp Lt
Gen SA Hasnain told reporters at Beerwah in central Kashmir`s
Budgam district, 35 km from here.

Following last year`s summer unrest, two committees
were set up by the state government to study the possibility
of revoking the AFSPA from certain areas in the Jammu region
and the Kashmir valley. The corps commanders of Jammu and the
Valley are members of the committees formed to look into the
issue.

The Army commander said there was an apprehension of
a rise in infiltration by militants from across the Line of
Control (LoC) over the next two months as large number of
militant camps were still active on the other side.

The Corps commander said the check points set up by
Army at various places was meant for tracking militants and
not to inconvenience ordinary citizens.

Responding to a question about him buying the recently
released book of hard line Hurriyat conference leader Syed Ali
Shah Geelani, the Army commander said it should not be seen as
a controversy.

"There is no controversy in purchasing the book.
Geelani is a `buzurg` (elderly man) who is espousing his
ideas. As a professional, it is our duty to know of
perceptions of various people, whether we agree with them or
not," he said.

PTI

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