Militancy Down To 5%: Omar7 December 2011
Garoora: Stating that militancy in Jammu and Kashmir has come down to mere five percent, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today reiterated his demand for revocation of Armed Forces Special Forces Act (AFSPA) from some areas of the State. “If we compare situation in the State from 2002 to 2011, the militancy has come down to five percent. Time is ripe for revocation of AFSPA,” Omar said while addressing a function after inauguration of Wullar conservation project. “We are not favoring removal of AFSPA from LoC, Baramulla and Kupwara but in the areas where Army is not conducting operations or where we have not utilized them. What is the problem if AFSPA will be removed from these areas?” Omar asked. Omar maintained that he has been demanding gradual revocation of AFSPA since the day NC-Congress coalition Government assumed power. “I will continue with my efforts to get AFSPA revoked. Peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir is my mission. We are working to realize the dream of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah to achieve Naya Kashmir,” he said. Coming down heavily on the opposition PDP, Omar accused it of double-speak on the AFSPA revocation. “Politics is a dirty game. In Srinagar, the party, with ink and pot as symbol, demands revocation of AFSPA, in Jammu its leadership maintains silence and in Delhi favours seeking permission from Army to revoke the Act. The party is befooling the people and trying to appease some quarters in Delhi. But people understand its designs,” Omar said. Omar candidly admitted that Government committed mistakes particularly in Sopore and Kulgam last year. “Our opposition left no stone unturned to capitalize on our mistakes. Government made all efforts to ensure peaceful situation in the State. But for peaceful 2011, I give credit to people of the State who decided to give peace a chance. People decided that they won’t allow situations like in previous three years. They gave my Government an opportunity and we succeeded in the endeavor.” he said while referring to developmental works undertaken in this year. “In a place like Sopore where even a penny was not spent in last two decades, all the roads have been macadamized besides construction of power project and degree colleges has been started in other districts,” he said. The CM said his dream is to make the State corruption-free. “We have enacted such laws for which Anna Hazare has launched an agitation,” he said while referring to the Public Services Guarantee Act which ensures routine public works to be completed within a prescribed time in six departments. “Any officer who fails to complete the work will have to pay fine to the concerned person from his own salary,” Omar said.