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Have to wait for pol advice on AFSPA: V K Singh
Pondicherry/ New York, Sept 17 (Agencies/IANS):
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Published on 18 Sep. 2010 1:15 AM IST
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The chief of army staff, General VK Singh, has said it’s not for the army to answer on the Kashmir issue and the political leadership has to take a decision, reports NDTV.
On the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) General Singh said, “that’s all for the leadership to decide....army does not decide all those.”
“The whole thing is under active consideration of the Prime Minister. I think we should wait for political advice,” added General Singh when asked if a strategic model was the need of the hour. General VK Singh asserted that the army has brought peace in all regions.
Repeal AFSPA advice Rights group
Indian leaders should seek the immediate repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and a transparent probe into rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Rights Watch has said. “The state government should release the findings of its inquiry into allegations of excessive use of force during the ongoing protests in Kashmir,” it said in a statement on Thursday.
Referring to the AFSPA, Human Rights Watch said: “The immunity this law gives security forces not only leads to its widespread abuse, but actually hurts the armed forces by protecting members who commit crimes instead of rewarding the ones who respect human rights.”
The AFSPA grants the military wide powers to arrest without warrant, shoot to kill, and destroy property in so-called ‘disturbed areas’. It also protects military personnel responsible for serious crimes from prosecution, creating a pervasive culture of impunity. Some 90 people have died in unending street protests in the Kashmir Valley since June 11, almost all of them in firing by security forces on mobs.

 
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