`Revoking AFSPA cannot improve Kashmir situation`

Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, today said the situation in the Valley cannot be improved by amending, diluting or revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Jammu: Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, on Saturday said the situation in the Valley cannot be improved by amending, diluting or revoking
the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

The demand for diluting or revoking AFSPA has nothing to do with the improvement of situation in Kashmir but is a part of the "sinister campaign for demilitarisation of Jammu and Kashmir as has been the clamour from secessionists for quite some time," the leaders of the group told reporters here.

"The entire campaign basically wants to present India as a colonial power in the state," Chairman of PK Ajay Chrungoo said, adding the organisation opposes any change in the AFSPA and urges the political class of India to keep the Indian Army out of "any political considerations".

Chrungoo said any mistake in understanding the content and contours of separatism in Jammu and Kashmir may prove disastrous for the unity and integrity of the Indian nation.

Another Panun Kashmir leader MK Teng said the separatists want a "monotheistic Muslim state" in Jammu and Kashmir and "this was the reason that Kashmiri Hindus were subjected to religious cleansing".

The president of All state Kashmiri Pandit Solidarity Conference (ASKPSC) O N Trisal, who was also present, said that an atmosphere of absolute insecurity exists in the valley
for all the minorities living there.

PTI

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