Troops to be called back from Jammu and Kashmir? Amit Shah hints at revoking AFSPA

Amit Shah said that various organizations and individuals in Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding for the revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

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Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) which has been a controversial issue since long, may come to an end. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in one of his recent interviews hinted that the central government may consider revoking Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Jammu and Kashmir. On the controversial AFSPA, Shah said the government is planning to pull back troops from the Union Territory and will leave the responsibility on Jammu and Kashmir for the security alone.

"We intend to withdraw our forces and turn over law and order to the Jammu and Kashmir Police exclusively." The Jammu and Kashmir police were not trusted in the past, but now they are in charge of the operations," he stated. The minister went on saying, "We will also consider repealing AFSPA."

According to the sources, Shah also said that various organizations and individuals in Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding from the northeastern states. It has been removed from 70 percent of the areas but has been in force in J-K. 

Special powers under AFSPA 

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, is a law in India that gives special powers to the military in areas that are considered to be disturbed by violence. These powers include:

  • The right to arrest people without a warrant.
  • The right to shoot to kill suspected insurgents.
  • The power to occupy or destroy property.

The AFSPA is controversial because it gives the military a lot of power with limited oversight. Critics of the law say that it has led to human rights abuses by the military.

Here is some additional information about AFSPA:

  • It was enacted in 1958 and has been in effect in some parts of India ever since.
  • The areas where AFSPA is in effect are currently parts of the Northeast states and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • There have been calls to repeal the AFSPA, but the Indian government says that it is necessary to maintain order in these areas.