Revoke AFSPA, Restore Autonomy: NC

Revoke AFSPA, Restore Autonomy: NC

13 April 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Ruling National Conference Friday asked Government of India to address ‘mistrust’ in Jammu and Kashmir by restoring autonomy and annulling of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the peaceful areas of the state. “It’s time for the Government of India to honor the instrument of accession it has entered into with Jammu and Kashmir. Our autonomy has been unconstitutionally eroded from time to time. The autonomy must be restored,” Party spokesman, Tanvir Sadiq said in a statement here. “We have no doubt in the sincerity of the government of India but the mistrust among the people has to be addressed and the only way to do so is to restore the autonomy,” he added. The spokesman said that his party was committed to the revocation of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir as the situation has witnessed a considerable change since Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah assumed office. Terming the ‘rumors’ about interlocutors report as baseless, he said, no one can ignore the aspiration of the people and it’s high time to restore the 1953 position as demanded by the party as it is the only viable and practical solution for the state of Jammu & Kashmir. “We’re committed to the revocation of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir. To begin with, the act should be revoked from peaceful areas where militancy has vanished,” he said. The spokesman assured people that the day was not far when the AFSPA will be on its way out and autonomy restored. Terming PDP an off shoot of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), the spokesman said that the opposition party may indulge in the luxury of making loud noises as they have become desperate because their Self-Rule is neither known nor acceptable. He said, the National Conference welcomes the meeting by the Home secretaries of India and Pakistan scheduled to be held in May-end to carry forward the dialogue process. “Such initiatives will remove many misgivings between India and Pakistan and convince our youth about the futility of the gun. There is a new hope that the region will see a new era of peace and cooperation,” the NC spokesman said. He said that the economic trade and people to people contact should be increased so that borders between India and Pakistan become irrelevant.