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CPM demands repeal of AFSPA, PSA from J-K

The participants in one voice urged upon the governments of India and Pakistan to take measures for silencing the guns along the LoC and the border.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The CPM on Tuesday demanded repeal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) from Jammu and Kashmir and ban use of pellet guns to control mobs in Kashmir.

The demand has been made in a resolution that was adopted in the two days 11th state conference of the J-K unit of CPM that concluded in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The party demanded that cases of detenue under PSA should be reviewed at the earliest and steps taken for their release.

The conference accused the BJP government at the Centre of not initiating a credible dialogue process with all stakeholders in Kashmir and using security forces for suppressing the voice of dissent.

The political draft resolution presented in the conference urged upon the government of India to take bold initiatives to start a credible process of dialogue primarily with the voices of dissent and with Pakistan for resolving all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

The participants in one voice urged upon the governments of India and Pakistan to take measures for silencing the guns along the LoC and the border.

“The violent approach will benefit neither India nor Pakistan. Such an approach always has a devastating effect on the people of J-K. The latest killing of five members of a family in Poonch is a glaring example how people of the state have become cannon fodder of the Indo-Pak hostilities over the years,” the resolution said.

The delegates also reiterated the party’s demand for ban on use of pellet guns in Kashmir, withdrawing of AFSPA as a confidence-building measure and restoration of eroded provisions of Article 370. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should assure the people that Article 370 and Article 35-A will be safeguarded and should make statement on the floor of the Parliament in this regard.

The CPM also expressed serious concern over the attacks on Kashmiri students, businessmen and others outside the state.