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AFSPA to be reviewed after LS polls: Omar

india Updated: Mar 24, 2009 15:22 IST
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The operation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir would be reviewed after the Lok Sabha polls, state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said in Srinagar.

"Revocation of the operation of AFSPA is a long standing demand. It is not an overnight development but with the improvement in situation it could be reviewed," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Abdullah said the AFSPA issue had figured during the recent visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to the state. It would be taken up after the Lok Sabha polls, he said.

Replying to questions on the security scenario, the Chief Minister said foreign tourists, should visit the state and enjoy its natural beauty.

Abdullah expressed the hope that the travel advisories by certain countries, which are preventing visit of foreign tourists to the state, would be withdrawn keeping in view the improved security situation in the state.

Earlier, throwing the Tulip garden open to public, the chief minister said that tourists from all over the country and abroad should visit the garden and relish the beauty of different varieties of tulip.