"Reduction of the footprint of security forces and phased revocation of AFSPA doesn't need a referendum, just a courageous statesman to decide," Omar said on Twitter.
He made it clear that governments were elected to power for governance and decision making only.
Governments get a mandate to govern & decide, they don't need to conduct a referendum before every tricky decision. Leaders must lead.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 6, 2014
Governments get a mandate to govern & decide, they don't need to conduct a referendum before every tricky decision. Leaders must lead.
The Omar Abdullah-led coalition which completed five years in office on Sunday had taken the issue of reducing the foot prints of security forces on a war footing and as many as 52 bunkers were removed from the Kashmir Valley during the period.
Omar Abdullah government has been pressing for phased withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and has made several appeals to the Centre for taking the initiative for the people of the state.
He had even suggested four district -- two each in Kashmir and Jammu -- to begin the phased withdrawal of the Act, which empowers Army with search, seizure and arrest options.