Armed Forces Special Powers Act Not Dependent On Disturbed Area Act: BJP

24 March 2015
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the Jammu and Kashmir government has not de-notified any area for the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The party claimed that confusion is being created about the application of the AFSPA with the Disturbed Area Act (DAA), 1997. Party spokesperson Farooq Khan said that DAA, which is under discussion, has no relevance whatsoever with the continuation of AFSPA in the state. He said, 'In fact, AFSPA is a self-contained Act, which came into being in Jammu and Kashmir in September 1990, with retrospective effect from July 1990, when the DAA was not in the statute books of the state'. He added, 'Any notification under AFSPA regarding de-notification of any area of the state has to be issued by the governor or the government of India. The perception deliberately being created that AFSPA is dependent upon DAA is factual not correct'. The spokesperson said the agenda of governance unambiguously says that only the Centre will take the final view in this regard. 'We will not allow anything that hampers anti-insurgency operations in the state and undermines the resolve of the security forces to maintain internal and external security,' Khan said. 'The state BJP reassures the nation that it shall not allow anybody to tinker with Indian sovereignty and integrity of the nation,' he added.