JAMMU: After the twin terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir killing three security personnel, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday gave a statement that is likely to create fresh trouble with its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mufti stated that his government would initiate a gradual process of removing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the state.

 “Some reservations are a concern with Defence Ministry and army officials, but we will try to start the gradual process,” Mufti said in context of scrapping out AFSPA at the state assembly. “Make your people accountable, until you completely revoke AFSPA” he added.

AFSPA offers special powers to the Army to carry out searches and arrests without any warrant in troubled areas. 

In regards to his latest conversation with the GOC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda, the J&K CM said, “I told him that you have to have a standard procedure.”

Speaking over the alleged encounter which killed two youths in Budgam district, Mufti said, “Two people were shot by the army and killed. I came to know that when Prime Minister was informed about the incident, he had ordered an enquiry into it.” He added, “The two boys killed were innocent civilians and not terrorists. PM has asked the army to claim the responsibility for the same.”

Prime Minister made sure that the culprits in the Machil Fake encounter case were punished as well, informed Mufti. “They killed the innocents for medals but the army court-martialed them and ensured they were punished, Mufti said on Machil fake encounter case.

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