‘Conducive atmosphere being created in J&K for AFSPA withdrawal’

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that conducive atmosphere is being created for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.
“My Government is keen that laws like AFSPA are withdrawn and for that conducive atmosphere is created,” said Mufti wh ile replying to the discussion on Demand of Grants for the Departments under her charge in the Legislative Assembly on Friday evening.
She regretted that as the violence kicks up the corresponding footprints of the security forces, unfortunately, also go up while appealing people to give peace a chance to see the good changes take place on the ground.
“Political outreach is must to get people out of despair while maintaining that the mainstream political parties have a major role in this,” she added.
On the recent Shopian incident, the Chief Minister reiterated that Army as an institution has a great reputation but when someone commits a wrong the legal process has to follow.
“Government has constituted a SIT into the case of death of a young girl at Hiranagar and even the case has been handed over to Crime Branch for expeditious probe,” she said.
The Chief Minister also favoured cross LoC cooperation in the State in sectors like tourism, environment, disaster management and related areas even as she asked all shades of opinion to join hands in bringing a pleasant change in the State.
“I wishes people on the two sides of the divide would cooperate with each other towards prosperity of the State,” she said and reminded the House of the earthquake of 2005 during which the need for such cooperation was felt so that rescue operations would have been carried more promptly.
Advocating opening of more routes along the LoC in the State, Ms Mufti said recently a group of legislators met her and expressed the desire to visit Sharda Peth across the LoC.
“I am happy to see a media report recently that a Court there had directed proper upkeep of the shrine and number of times Jammu and Kashmir is strategically placed and is rich in natural resources,” said the Chief Minister.
“Why can’t this feature be utilized to derive maximum benefits to the State and the country”, she asked.