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Saturday, 21 March 2015

AFSPA decision cannot be taken on political considerations, says Jitendra Singh

New Delhi(PTI): Asserting that Pakistan is not ready to mend its ways, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh on Saturday maintained that Centre was following zero-tolerance towards terrorism and said any decisions of AFSPA cannot be taken on the political considerations.

"I think, this is also an occasion for us to do some re-thinking and rise above the political lines and learn that any decisions regarding sensitive issues, like for example Armed Forces Special Powers, to maintain it or withdraw it, to continue it or discontinue it, has to be essentially based on the wisdom and inputs of the security agencies, instead of getting tempted to political considerations," said Singh, who is a minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office.

He hit out at Pakistan for for failure to mend ways to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is certainly evident that Pakistan is not ready to mend its ways but as the Prime Minister has already stated even on the floor of the House that India, under the present government, follows the policy of zero-tolerance towards terrorism and we are committed to that," Singh said.

"The Centre is fully-equipped to deal with such a situation", Singh said, who rushed from New Delhi to visit the injured in the terrorists attack for the second time in as many days, at GMC hospital in Jammu. Singh, who condemned these terror attacks, said that Centre and the present set up in New Delhi is fully equipped to deal any kind of situation.

"I wish to pay my homage to the brave soldiers who lost their lives yesterday and are also fighting out today," he added.

Union Minister appealed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to see if the amount of compensation to the family members of the martyred soldiers could be increased. The state Health Minister Choudhary Lal Singh, Choudhary Lal Singh, today said that it was not proper to start the process of lifting AFSPA in the state at a time when militant attacks are on the rise.

"How is it possible (to lift AFSPA) when situation has worsened even in the otherwise peaceful districts of Kathua and Samba," he said. He said that time has come to give them a befitting reply.

Blaming security forces for the lapses, he said adding "how is it possible the infiltration has taken place along International Border".

The State Chief of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and MLA, Ravinder Raina also hit out those demanding revocation AFSPA, saying "these twin attacks are eye opener for those who are advocating the revocation of AFSPA. it should not be lifted at all".

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