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HT reports:

Within days the controversial laws like Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in force in Jammu and Kashmir would be revoked from some areas of the state, chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Friday.

Addressing a gathering of Policemen at the Police Commemoration Day function held at Zewan in South Kashmir, Omar said the time has come for the withdrawal of the laws.

“As the situation improved in the state, people would often complain that the laws which were invoked after the eruption of violence in the state are not being lifted. Today I want to say that perhaps the time has come and the situation also allows us to initiate the revocation of those laws from some areas,” Omar said.

The announcement of the revocation came days after centre-appointed interlocutors, tasked to find a political solution to Kashmir issue, submitted their report to Union home minister P Chidambaram earlier this month. After the report was submitted, Omar Abdullah had a meeting with Union home minister over the review of the AFSPA.

DNA reported the kick-off of the political football match:

“BJP takes an exception to the statement of Omar Abdullah that with the gradual improvement in the security situation and return of peace, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is being removed from some areas within next few days,” BJP state chief spokesperson Jitendra Singh said today.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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