Jammu & Kashmir

Armed forces want removal of AFSPA from JK, says Rajnath Singh

Armed forces personnel stands deployed near Ghanta Ghar in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/ Vikar Syed]

New Delhi: Days after the Government of India reduced the areas under AFSPA in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh said that the armed forces are in favour of the withdrawal of the Act from Jammu and Kashmir.

“The three wings of our defence forces want Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to be removed from Jammu and Kashmir as soon as possible. The circumstances are responsible for the imposition of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, not the Army,” news agency ANI quoted Rajnath Singh as having said.

He said that AFSPA was removed from 15 police stations each in Manipur and Nagaland.

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