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No plans to withdraw or amend AFSPA: Govt in Lok Sabha

There has been a long-standing demand from various quarters in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast to withdraw the Act.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2018 14:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
AFSPA,Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act,Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir addresses at the Parliament House in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

The government has no plans to withdraw or amend “the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990”, which gives the security forces immunity and special rights in carrying out operations in disturbed areas, Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Tuesday.

Ahir, however, said in the Lok Sabha that a proposal is under consideration to make the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 more operationally effective and humane.

“There is no proposal to amend the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990. There is no proposal under consideration of Government of India to withdraw the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 from Jammu and Kashmir,” he said replying a written question.

There has been a long-standing demand from various quarters in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast to withdraw the Act.

First Published: Mar 20, 2018 14:57 IST