Reduce troops, withdraw AFSPA from JK: PDP

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2007, 19:20 [IST]

Srinagar, Feb 25:  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today demanded reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA) from the state.

''Only such tangible measures would make a difference to life in Kashmir and provide a visible breakthrough on the ground,'' Ms Mufti said while addressing a PDP workers' convention at party headquarters here.

She said PDP's demand for troop reduction and withdrawal of AFSPA is vital for real and substantial forward movement in the ongoing peace process.

Ms Mufti said these measures should not be viewed in isolation, as unless practical initiatives are taken to address the situation on the ground, the CBMs will have no meaning for the people, who are the worst victims.

She urged all political parties and leaders to change their mindsets, and not to oppose PDP's demand.

''We cannot wait for the last gun to fall silent and nobody can confidently predict that conditions would be more appropriate for such an initiative after two or three years,'' she said.

UNI

 

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