J-K lawyers demand revocation of AFSPA

Srinagar, Dec 1: Hundreds of lawyers from the Jammu and Kashmir bar association held a highly charged agitation against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) here on Thursday.

Shouting slogans, the protesting lawyers vehemently urged the government to immediately revoke AFSPA-commonly viewed as a ‘draconian’ law by several human right activists and locals in the Kashmir Valley.

General Secretary of the state High Court’s bar association, G.N Shaheen, lashed out at the central Government for not ‘listening’ to the voices of the people on the simmering issue.

“The AFSPA is a condemned legislation across the world at present. Voices from every community and every nation are opposing this act. However, the Indian government is hell-bent on enforcing this draconian law on the people of Kashmir,” Shaheen said, while addressing the protesting lawyers.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had earlier last month said that he would continue with his efforts for the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, as there was ample scope for addressing concerns of the Army.

The Army has voiced serious reservations over withdrawal of the AFSPA from certain parts, citing security concerns.

The Defence Ministry had earlier made it clear that the decision on removing AFSPA would be taken by the Unified Command.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government had earlier suggested the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some areas in the state. (ANI)