PDP favours revocation of AFSPA in valley
Pressing for initiation of an unconditional dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue, state's main opposition PDP today demanded revocation of AFSPA, shifting armed forces from civilian areas and immediate release of political prisoners.india Updated: Sep 15, 2010 21:07 IST
Pressing for initiation of an unconditional dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue, state's main opposition PDP today demanded revocation of AFSPA, shifting armed forces from civilian areas and immediate release of political prisoners.
"Demands for some cosmetic action are now part of the same mindset that does not go beyond the immediate needs of political survival," PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said addressing an All Party Meeting on Kashmir, in an apparent
attack on the ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir.
She said her party strongly endorsed the need for revocation of AFSPA saying it has outlived its utility since 2007.
"We demand that the process of shifting armed forces from civilian areas be started now. All the innocent detunes
be released and political prisoners be freed by revoking Public Safety Act against them," she said.
Appealing to the All Party Forum to make a stand on a road to resolution of Kashmir issue that grants people their
genuine aspirations, Mehbooba said "the process will have to clear of conditionalities. It will have to accommodate those
voices that do not accept status quo.
"It will have to steer clear of the past mistakes. It will have to come over suspicions and mistrust." She told reporters after the meeting that neither the Centre nor the separatists should put any conditions for holding dialogue.
In her speech at the meeting, she said the process will have to face the additional burden of fixing responsibility
for the death, injury and destruction caused by the governance deficit as well.