State NPP unit concerned over extension of AFSPA

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:20:01 PM IST

NPP has expressed concern over extension of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or ASFPA in the State by another six months at a time when the State was looking forward towards a peaceful and lasting solution to the vexed Naga political issue during the tenure of governor RN Ravi, who is also the Centre’s interlocutor in the peace talks with various Naga national political groups.

In a statement, the party’s State unit also termed as worrisome that people of Nagaland had remained silent over extension of ASFPA while raising hue and cry over the ban on sale and consumption of dog meat. 
NPP said the State government should understand the ground realities and properly apprise the Central government that peace and tranquillity was revisiting Nagaland and that all national political workers, civil society organisations, political parties, etc, were eager and enthusiastic over resolution of the Indo-Naga political problem, recognised not only by the Indian government but also by international forums.
Under such a situation, the party pointed out that declaring the entire State of Nagaland as a disturbed area would only send wrong signals to the people. It hoped the Central government would introspect on its hasty decision of extending the inhuman Act in the whole of Nagaland for another six months and review it at the parliament level to repeal it as soon as possible. 
NPP further requested the State government to promptly take up the matter of repealing AFSPA with the Prime Minister and conclude the Naga peace talks as soon as possible so that the efforts of “our predecessors” to usher in an era of peace and good will did not go in vain.


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