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BJP: Demand for revoking AFSPA motivated

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The BJP on Monday hit back at those raising the demand for revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Kashmir by describing it as a “politically motivated” rhetoric. The demand has been made after two youth were killed in Shopian in firing on an unruly mob by the Army.

In a statement here, Brigadier (Retired) Anil Gupta, spokesman of the BJP, said the demand to revoke AFSPA is politically motivated and not based on ground realities. Revoking or partial removal of AFSPA will be detrimental to return of normalcy and peace in trouble torn Kashmir, he added.

The Shopian incident was pre-planned by forces inimical to the return of peace and grassroots democracy and hence opposed to the holding of Panchayat elections next month, Gupta said. He asked how 200-300 stone pelters gathered to gherao an Army convoy transiting through the area and alleged that the Hurriyat at the behest of its Pakistan-based bosses was back to its ‘dirty games’.

Even the NIA appears to have become lenient to the top rung Hurriyat leaders at the behest of certain Kashmiri leaders, Gupta said. The ulterior motive is to ensure that the Panchayat elections are not held, the BJP spokesman added.