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Centre will look into Armed Forces Special Powers Act: Chidambaram

Srinagar, June 12 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that the Centre would look into the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and take into account every essential aspect.

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said, “The issue of AFSPA was flagged two months ago during a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. It was agreed to look at the matter after the elections.”

“I promise to look at the matter. I have to discuss it with the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister … it will be looked into in all earnestness,” he added.

Some political parties in the state have been demanding the repeal of AFSPA on the ground that it gave unfettered powers to the security forces.

The AFSPA gives sweeping powers to security forces to carry out operations in disturbed areas. It was promulgated in Jammu and Kashmir in July 1990.

Making it clear that maintenance of law and order situation will be the primary responsibility of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, he said, “Stability is vital for development in the state.”

Chidambaram, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said that the Army has the responsibility for conventional defence along the borders and also countering infiltration and terrorism.

Speaking on the Shopian incident, the Minister said Abdullah had briefed him on the matter and it was the intention of the State Government to hold a thorough inquiry and punish anyone found guilty. (ANI)

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