J&K govt to initiate phased withdrawal of AFSPA

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said that his Government would examine the need for identifying the disturbed areas to initiate a phased withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Giving a written reply to the J&K Assembly, he said, “Keeping in view the improving security scenario, the state government will examine the need for identifying the disturbed areas which have been free from militancy-related incidents for quite some time.” He said that it will enable a phased withdrawal of AFSPA from such areas.