PDP demands `serious` action on troops reduction, lifting AFSPA

The PDP, the main opposition in Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday pressed for "serious and visible action" on reduction of forces in civilian areas and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 18:46 PM IST

Srinagar: The PDP, the main opposition in
Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday pressed for "serious and visible
action" on reduction of forces in civilian areas and
revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
"The core issue of our party remains the peaceful
resolution of the problem of Jammu and Kashmir and we will
continue to strive for it within the democratic space," PDP
president Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement here.

She said the opportunity provided by the people
should be utilised for serious political, diplomatic and
administrative actions that could give a head start to the
effort towards resolution of the issue.

"The People`s Democratic Party will continue to
highlight this and other related issues," she said.

Referring to the demonstrations stages by the party
yesterday, Mehbooba said she expected the message to go to the
government that Kashmir problem "cannot be brushed under the
carpet".

Mehbooba said it was necessary to create an atmosphere
of trust and demanded release of "political dissidents".
"It is also time for serious and visible action on
reduction of forces in civilian areas and revocation of AFSPA"
she said, while calling for steps to achieve an amicable
solution that is endorsed by the majority of people.

PTI