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Army voices opposition to troops withdrawal from Kashmir

The General Commanding-in-Chief (GOC) of 15 Corps Lt Gen A S Sekhon today said that the issue of demilitarisation should not be taken with emotions, and any decision on it should be arrived only after carrying out proper research.

By Suhail Ahmed

Srinagar, May 4 : The General Commanding-in-Chief (GOC) of 15 Corps Lt Gen A S Sekhon today said that the issue of demilitarisation should not be taken with emotions, and any decision on it should be arrived only after carrying out proper research.

Speaking at a seminar here, organised by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Lt. Gen. Sekhon said that though the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has "improved remarkably" yet the time is "not ripe" to pull out the troops from the Valley.

Quoting the example of the 2001 cease-fire, General told that when ceasefire was broken more bloodshed followed, as number of violent incidents carried out by the militants, like the grenade attacks, IED attacks and other such acts, increased.

General further added that at present security forces are having an upper hand over the situation and if forces are moved out, "things can go very bad which one could not forecast".

He said that the time has arrived to completely wipe out militants so that they could not revive at all.

The Indian Army's opposition to demilitarisation moves comes in the wake of growing debate about the demilitarisation of the Valley that was initiated by People's Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mehbooba Mufti.

Almost two months earlier, PDP had even hinted to pull out of the Congress-led Jammu and Kashmir coalition Government that led to Prime Minister constituting a special committee to look into the issue and submit a report on it.

The expert panel headed by the Defence Secretary and constituting members from Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, the Armed Forces and the J and K Government would determine the possibility of troops withdrawal in the State.

The review committee, on the other hand, would review the application of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) to different areas of J and K.

PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also called for obliterating the AFSPA.

A high power committee headed by Defence Minister would then take up the recommendations for consideration.

ANI

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