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Mirwaiz calls for troops reduction in Kashmir

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of the moderate faction of the All Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC) has reiterated that troops on either side of Kashmir should be pulled if resolving the Kashmir dispute is priority.

Srinagar, May 3 : Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of the moderate faction of the All Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC) has reiterated that troops on either side of Kashmir should be pulled if resolving the Kashmir dispute is priority.

"What is the meaning of demilitarization? It means that the Indian and Pakistani administration totally take back their forces from both sides of Kashmir," he told a rally.

The demilitarization did not mean the replacement or the repositioning of armed forces, he added.

Last year, at least 3,000 troops were withdrawn by the Indian Government from Kashmir, but an estimated 500,000 troops are still deployed in the state.

The Centre has decided to set up an eight-member committee to look into the twin demands of troops withdrawal from civilian areas in Jammu and Kashmir and repeal of the Armed Forces Special Forces Act in the State, as put forward by People's Democratic Party (PDP).

The committee will comprise of officials from the Centre, the State and the security forces.

ANI

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