Amit Shah
Amit Shah

SRINAGAR — Union Home Minister Amit Shah has indicated a potential review of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and the withdrawal of security forces from Jammu and Kashmir, stirring political discourse and varied reactions.

In an interview with Gulistan News, Shah disclosed the government’s contemplation of revoking AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir, emphasizing a perceived normalization of the situation in the region.

“We are expeditiously considering the removal of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir, signifying a state of change,” Shah remarked, echoing sentiments of a positive shift in the territory.

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Moreover, Shah outlined plans for the gradual withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir, intending to entrust law and order responsibilities primarily to the local police force post-elections. He lauded the evolution of the J&K Police, asserting its increased efficacy in handling diverse situations.

Reacting to Shah’s statements, Peoples Conference president Sajjad Gani Lone welcomed the potential revocation of AFSPA, expressing optimism among Kashmiris. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah criticized Shah’s remarks, labelling them as misleading and raising suspicions regarding the government’s intentions.

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On the other hand, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti hailed Shah’s comments as an essential step aligned with the party’s Agenda of Alliance (AoA) with the BJP. However, she urged the government to fulfil its commitments, stressing the importance of tangible actions over mere rhetoric.

In response, BJP leader Kavinder Gupta reiterated the party’s commitment to AFSPA revocation, dismissing criticisms from political opponents. He affirmed the BJP’s trust in security forces and government assessments, condemning attempts to politicize national security matters.

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