NC demands autonomy, revocation of AFSPA
Srinagar: Demanding restoration of autonomy and revocation of AFSPA, the ruling National Conference on Saturday said a goodwill gesture on part of the Centre in this regard would help in addressing the mistrust among people in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The holy month of Ramadan has started and what better time could it be for the Centre as a goodwill gesture to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from areas not affected by militancy anymore," National Conference spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said in a statement here.
"Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has all along been saying that the implementation of AFSPA should not be equated with the law and order situation.
"The Act was not implemented in the state to meet the law and order situation but to deal with the militancy and one can easily figure out that militancy has declined over the years," the statement said.
Sadiq said the Army had done its job but now the time was to address a genuine demand like AFSPA.
"We have close to around a million-odd tourists who visited Kashmir for vacation till now and around half a million yatris performing Darshan of Shri Amarnath Ji. If this is not an indication to withdraw AFSPA, I wonder what is?" he asked.
"I have yet to come across any tourist who would visit a place which is not safe," Sadiq said.
He said the party stands committed to ensure that AFSPA is revoked as the militancy-related incidents have gone down in the state.