AFSPA should go from J&K: Hakeem Yaseen

Srinagar, Apr 26: Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman and MLA Khansahib, Hakeem Muhammad Yasin has flayed statement of the BJP General Secretary, Ashok Koul that AFSPA would not be revoked from the state. He has urged the need to revoke AFSPA from the state adding that this draconian law, which gives sweeping powers and immunity to the armed forces, is being misused by the black sheep.
In a statement, Hakeem Yaseen has said that the government should revoke AFSPA so that the harassment and atrocities to the people of the state would end.
He said this step would help in improving the situation in the troubled state especially in Kashmir valley where black sheep in armed forces misuse this law. He said the BJP statement that AFSPA would not be revoked from the state at this stage is another betrayal.
Terming the statement as very disgusting which has pained and anguished the people the state, he said the state govt. should take a cue from the decision of the center to withdraw AFSPA from Meghalaya and force the Center to revoke AFSPA from the state, if it was serious to remove atrocities on people.
Hakeem Yaseen has said that renovation of AFSPA was an essential part of the Agenda of Alliance of the PDP-BJP coalition government, a promise to the people of the state, which has remained unfilled till date.
He said that the coalition partners has forged an alliance on the grounds that they will take several steps including removal of AFSPA but has failed to fulfill its promises despite lapse of last three years.
He said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should initiate fresh steps to ensure removal of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir and force Centre to lift AFSPA from the state. (KNS)