Govt committed to revoke AFSPA: Sagar

SRINAGAR, Apr 6: Terming PDP non co-operative over revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), National Conference (NC) senior leader and Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar today said that Omar Abdullah led Coalition Government is committed to revoke AFSPA.
Addressing party workers at Nawaz Subha, the National Conference senior leader said that more security bunkers would be removed from Srinagar city for easy movement of common people.
He said that National Conference led coalition Government will take all the stake holders including security agencies into confidence over revocation of AFSPA.
“Chief Minister is personally keen to revoke AFSPA as early as possible, as the security situation has drastically improved. We are in touch with the Central Government and we are hopeful both the Centre Government and State Government will take a final call over revocation of AFSPA ,” he said.
Mr Sagar  said that PDP is playing a negative role over revocation of AFSPA. “In Delhi, they oppose the sincere move of Omar Abdullah to revoke AFSPA. In Kashmir they are giving an impression to people that they are advocating revocation of AFSPA. We several times advised all the parties particular PDP not to do politics over AFSPA, but they are trying to politicize the issue,” he said.
He said that Mehbooba Mufti and Muzzafar Hussain Beig are involved in worse kind blame game. He said they raised those issues in the assembly, which has no logic and sense. ” They were intending to weaken the coalition, but the sincere and transparent system of Omar Abdullah foiled all their attempts,” he said.
“The many more bunkers would be removed from the Srinagar as the security situation has drastically changed. More than 13  lakh tourists  visited the State last year and in the few months only more than two lakh have arrived and the number is expected to increase in coming days,’. he said
He also said that Omar Abdullah has favoured that all the traditional routes should be reopened with Pakistan so that easy access would be available to the traders and common people of both the countries.
The Rural Development Minister also said that Omar Abdullah has also directed the security agencies that passport should be given to all those who have no link with the militancy. He also said that common people must not suffer while they apply for the passport.
He further said that State Government is committed to  the safe return of the youth who had crossed over to Pakistan. He said that process is going on and state government is intending for their return so that they can live normal life with their families.
National conference provincial president Ali Mohammad Dar said that negative propaganda of PDP against the NC has been defeated by people as the Omar Abdullah led Government is becoming more popular on the ground.


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