`Army should avoid making statements on policy matters`
Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) took exception to the statement made by Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on revocation of AFSPA from the state.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) on Saturday took exception to the statement made by Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on revocation of AFSPA from the state, saying that important policy matters should be left to the government and Army should avoid making statements on these matters.
"Unfortunately it was the political disinterest in Delhi that is providing a room to the Army to come public on important policy matters. The issue pertaining to the revocation of AFSPA should be left to the government and Army should not issue any statements on issues not enshrined in its mandate," the CPI(M) State Committee said in a statement here.
Yesterday, the Army Chief said: "The time is not right at the moment to tamper with this enabling act. We should not take away AFSPA at this juncture."
The CPI(M) State Committee reiterated its call that the state government should bring a resolution on revocation of AFSPA in J&K.
"The government should bring a resolution in the state Assembly on revocation of AFSPA and the CPI (M) will support its passage," the Committee said, adding, since infiltration is down and the overall security situation has improved, it becomes imperative on part of Centre to consider scrapping AFSPA.