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`India has right to respond to ceasefire violations by Pak`

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 11:34

Rajouri (J&K): In the backdrop of recent
ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah has said India has the right to respond
to them.

"It is our right to respond in case of ceasefire
violations," he told reporters at an army function here

He hoped that Pakistan will keep its promise of
holding truce along the LoC as it has helped people on both

Abdullah said the army will return to the barracks
only when the situation improves in the state.

"Stay of the army depends on the ground situation and
as the situation improves the army will definitely go back to
barracks in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

Without pointing to any political party or
organisation, he alleged that some vested elements were
hell-bent upon creating an atmosphere of mistrust against
Army and advocating revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers
Act (AFSPA) and recalling army back to barracks.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and
separatists are demanding revocation of the AFSPA and
Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) in Jammu and Kashmir and subsequent
troops withdrawal from the state.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 11:34

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