Revocation of AFSPA to begin during my govt: Omar

Omar Abdullah said gradual revocation of controversial AFSPA from the state will begin during the tenure of his government.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said gradual revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state will begin during the tenure of his government.

Addressing a large public gathering at Rajpora in Pulwama district this afternoon, the Chief Minister said the state will witness revocation of AFSPA during the time of his government adding benefits of peace will be circulated all across, an official spokesman said.

Omar said his endeavour is to take peace dividends to every household and make the public fully empowered to ask questions about the performance of government at all levels.

Taking a dig at opposition PDP leadership, the Chief Minister, without naming them, said when they were in power they never talked about revocation of AFSPA or other such related issues.

He said PDP voted against the rehabilitation policy resolution moved in the state assembly by M Y Tarigami and supported by National Conference which was in opposition at that time and PDP in power.

He said his government has initiated various measures in this directions adding that enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA), Right to Information Act (RTI), panchayat elections and transfer of powers to these bodies vindicate his government?s commitment to good governance and public empowerment.