Time is not right for AFSPA’s revocation: Army Chief

Amid sensitive situation in Jammu & Kashmir not allowed Army to remove AFSPA, much important is to observe the situation before any decision, Army Chief General Bikram Singh confined on Friday, reports said.

The time is “not right” to tamper with the act and the removal of AFSPA and any decision on this “should be on national interest not be politicised”, Mr Singh said in a statement.

Singh emphasized that Army could only give suggestions, but the situation is adverse and it is important to take into consideration the security issues before taking a decision.

AFSPA’s repeal, the biggest demand of State Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other political parties that erupted violent protest in the valley, is not to be as easy as to be taken immediately.

Preventing AFSPA to relapse, the decision has to be taken in the backdrop of violence profile, what can happen in future, in the backdrop of futuristic contours, Mr Singh added.

Gen Singh, addressing the ‘India Today’ conclave, was asked over repeal of the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) from the state, reports indicated.

Over the J&K security, Gen Singh said, we are losing men everyday. “We are not there for fun.” The essential actions are to be taken for strengthening position to handle the situation as insurgency and terrorism across the Line of Control (LoC) is still active.


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