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BJP hits back at those demanding revocation of AFSPA in J-K

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The Bharatiya Janata Party (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 after the Army fired on an unruly mob.

In a statement here, Brigadier (Retired) Anil Gupta, spokesman of the BJP, said that 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.

The Shopian incident was pre-planned by forces inimical to return of peace and grass root democracy and hence opposed to holding of Panchayat elections next month, Gupta said.

Gupta asked, who gathered 200-300 stone pelters to gherao an Army convoy transiting through the area,  and alleged that the Hurriyat at the behest of its Pakistan-based bosses is 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 venom certain Kashmiri leaders are spitting against the Army unit is indicative of the fact that they are blaming the Army and not the stone pelters. The ulterior motive is to ensure that the Panchayat elections are not held, the BJP spokesman added.